I’m loving the warmer temps here in NH, as the sun rises on this February Sunday!
Have you heard of Jennifer Figge? She just completed the amazing feat of swimming from the Cape Verde Islands to Trinidad … at the age of 56. (And I can’t even get myself to exercise for 15 minutes these days!) She plans to continue her journey – from Trinidad to the British Virgin Islands … after a breif rest (and I do mean brief). Here’s a description of her typical day:
Figge woke most days around 7 a.m., eating pasta and baked potatoes while she and the crew assessed the weather. Her longest stint in the water was about eight hours, and her shortest was 21 minutes. Crew members would throw bottles of energy drinks as she swam; if the seas were too rough, divers would deliver them in person. At night she ate meat, fish and peanut butter, replenishing the estimated 8,000 calories she burned a day.
Figge wore a red cap and wet suit, with her only good-luck charm underneath: an old, red shirt to guard against chafing, signed by friends, relatives and her father, who recently died.
The other cherished possession she kept onboard was a picture of Gertrude Ederle, an American who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
“We have a few things in common,” Figge said. “She wore a red hat and she was of German descent. We both talk to the sea, and neither one of us wanted to get out.”
Figge arrived on Trinidad’s Chacachacare Island, an abandoned leper colony, at 5:20 p.m. She plans to leave Trinidad on Monday night.
You can visit her Facebook page and become a fan here …
Since my e-mail debacle, I haven’t caught up with all the feeds and e-mail updates that used to come to my Verizon address … so am a little behind on soccer news most especially. So, for example, who knew that WPS unveiled its full schedule on Thursday! Here’s the link to the actual schedule … where you can purchase tickets, see which games (so far) will be on TV … and begin tracking the Breakers’ wins for the 2009 season! Opening day is March 29th, with the Freedom playing the Sol (that’s Abby vs Marta for some). The game is at 6PM ET and will be aired on the Fox Soccer Channel (my one and only reason for appreciating Fox in any way).
Date Opponent Venue Time TV
Sun, Apr 5 FC Gold Pride Santa Clara, Calif. TBA FSC
Sat, Apr 11 Saint Louis Athletica HOME 7PM
Sat, Apr 18 Washington Freedom Germantown, Md. TBA
Sat, Apr 25 Chicago Red Stars Bridgeview, Ill. TBA
Sat, May 2 Los Angeles Sol HOME 7PM
Sun, May 10 Los Angeles Sol Carson, Calif. TBA
Sun, May 17 Washington Freedom HOME TBA FSC
Sun, May 31 Sky Blue FC Bridgewater, N.J. TBA FSC
Sun, June 14 Saint Louis Athletica HOME TBA FSC
Wed, June 17 FC Gold Pride HOME 7PM
Sat, June 20 Chicago Red Stars Bridgeview, Ill. TBA
Wed, June 24 Washington Freedom HOME 7PM
Sat, July 4 Sky Blue FC Bridgewater, N.J. TBA
Sun, July 12 Sky Blue FC HOME TBA FSC
Wed, July 15 Chicago Red Stars HOME 7PM
Sun, July 19 FC Gold Pride Santa Clara, Calif. TBA
Sat, July 25 Sky Blue FC HOME 7PM
Wed, July 29 Washington Freedom Germantown, Md. TBA
Sat, Aug 1 Saint Louis Athletica Edwardsville, Ill. TBA
Sun, Aug 9 Los Angeles Sol HOME 4PM
Sat, Aug 15 First Round (#4 at #3) Home of #3 seed TBA
Aug 18/19 Super Semifinal
(Winner at #2) Home of #2 seed TBA
Sat, Aug 22 WPS Final
(Winner at #1) Home of #1 seed TBA