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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jef Mallett Isn't Frazzled About Boston Light Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Greg O'Connor announced the 2015 Boston Light Swim field with 25 solo swimmers and 6 relay teams. "They will swim 8 miles from Boston Light into South Boston on August 15th.

We have an exciting collection of swimmers from across the United States and around the world, including Penny Palfrey from Australia

One of the registrants, Jef Mallett, is the artist/creator of the comic strip Frazz [see above]. "Jef is an accomplished triathlete, but the 8 miles of the Boston Light Swim will be his longest swim ever. The comic strip here is his statement to his goal. The T-shirt Frazz is wearing is homage to the Nahant Knuckleheads," described O'Connor.

Mallett describes his goal without a wetsuit in characteristically endurance-oriented terms.

"I am now signed up for the Boston Light Swim. It’s 8 miles of point-to-point ocean swimming. Chilly water, no wetsuit. Oh, and there’s a time cut.

That’s farther than I’ve swum before and definitely farther than I’ve swum, as the swimmers put it, “naked.” I am a competent and improving swimmer, not by any stretch an elite swimmer. I have no business doing this swim. Now. In March.

But with the right preparation and a whole lot of persistence, I just might belong there when it’s Go Time this August.

Honestly, I haven’t been this nervous about an event since I signed up for my first Ironman. But I kind of like the feeling. Scared to death is my comfort zone. Out of my element is my element. Grow or die. Life is flying in a rented plane, so flip the thing and turn on the smoke. Choose your aphorism.

It all boils down to this: I’m in the water now and the boat’s gone, and there’s just one way home. Here I go

2015 Participants:

1 Barbara Held, San Diego, California
2 James Long, Chester, Great Britain
3 Richard Born, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
4 Penny Palfrey, Seventeen Seventy, Australia
5 Patrick Couture, Dollard-des-0rmeaux, Quebec, Canada
6 Donald Sorterup, Tiverton, Rhode Island
7 Dan Grodinsky, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
8 Natalie Kreizinger, San Diego, California
9 Martina Pavlicova, New York, New York
10 Amy Frick, Chester, Virginia
11 Shannon Dinan, Salem, Massachusetts
12 Jen Olsen, Natick, Massachusetts
13 Patty Gray, Mesa, Arizona
14 John Gale, Portland, Maine
15 Becky Jackman-Beeler, La Mesa, California
16 Rachel Petersen, Littleton, Colorado
17 Jeffrey Pinnix, Mansfield, Massachusetts
18 Frederick Hirsch, Hull, Massachusetts
19 David Conners, San Francisco, California
20 Kristin Hutchins, San Francisco, California
21 James Clifford, Poolesville, Maryland
22 Nabil Radouane, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
23 Martha Wood, Manchester, Massachusetts
24 Jef Mallett, Huntington Woods, Michigan
25 Katharine Owen, Arlington, Massachusetts

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