>Off the Beaten Path>Swimming with box jellies and man o' wars
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The news reports are irritatingly incomplete and contradictory. I really want the details. Some mention sharks (but what does that mean? No mention of sharks in her blog). They talk about the box jellyfish and how they were such a problem in the past and all she was doing to protect herself form them this time, but I don't remember any mention of them last year. Just the man o'wars. This time, no man o'war problems, but nine jellyfish stings I read a couple of times that she lost 6 hours of swimming to being blown of course in the squall yesterday, but I just now read she was actually pulled from the water for hours during that storm. Why wasn't that mentioned before?
This morning the reports said the hypothermia + jellyfish stings were what caused her to stop, but now I read there was another storm that posed safety risks to her and the crew and caused her to be pulled from the water a second time. And to add to the frustration, every time I mention the swim to a colleague, they look at me and say "who?"
Sounds like she was angry about having been pulled out, too.
mamaofthree: man o' wars are a type of jelly, they have a same type of stinging cells.
Sounds like the final blow was more stormy weather, and it got bad enough to be a threat to the crew. Some more details here, also has a brief explanation of some of the rules. Apparently the reason her lips look so puffy in the pics is that they received some jelly stings. Ugh.
I couldn't find how far she made it, but apparently it was farther than an attempt she made almost 30 years ago. She can hold her head up high.
mta: from her blog today
2013 Valley Runner of the Year Series: Feb 16 5K (4 points out of 10) ... Mar 2 10K (20/30)... Mar 16 4Mi (21/30) ... Apr 6 10K (DNS) ... Apr 21 2Mi (5/10) ... May 11 5Mi (where the fuck are the results?)... Jun 8 1Mi ... Jun 16 6Mi ... Sep 28 10K ... Oct 5 5K ...Oct 12 5Mi ... Oct 20 5K
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