Wednesday, December 1

Cold water swimming: stories of peace in open water

It’s still dark when Maryam Sharifzadeh glides into San Francisco Bay to start swimming. The endless stretch of murky ocean water registers a speed of 54 degrees and is cold enough to send a bone-chilling chill through the body of even the most experienced swimmer.

But today, as the city around her remains silent, Sharifzadeh is focused on the task ahead: becoming the second person, and the first woman, to swim 22 miles around the San Francisco shoreline. With his dedicated crew ready to keep an eye on other ship traffic, changing tides, and unexpected dangers, Sharifzadeh kicks his legs to stay warm and watches the sun begin to appear over the city skyline. Time to swim.

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