Monday, September 21, 2009
Only about 1 out 10 who attempt this ever complete it: "It was the waves that threatened Simon's journey. About four hours into the swim, the waves began to swell up to 20 feet.
"We had a particularly rough ride," her mother Kelly said, adding even the captains were seasick.
The waves nearly tipped the boat on top of Simon several times. At other times those on the boat nearly lost sight of her. Simon, herself, could not touch the boat, but she was able to be fed from the boat.
"It is recommended you gain 40 to 60 pounds just to stay warm," said Simon, who didn't put on extra weight before the swim. "I lost 7 pounds by the time I was done."