Some might call us crazy or a freak of nature but we call ourselves ice swimmers. An official ice swim follows the rules of the International Ice Swimming Association .On Sunday, January 15th, my cold water swim partner, Cathy Delneo and myself, conquered a goal that we had set out for ourselves in the fall of 2011, 1 mile in a water temperature of sub-41º F. It was one of the hardest swims I have ever accomplished. During a traditional marathon swim there are times when you are physically challenged and there are times when you are mentally challenged, sometimes those two challenges coincide with each other. In ice swimming the mental and physical challenges hit you head on and continue throughout the entire swim and warm up process. From the moment you hit the water until at least an hour after the swim your body is functioning at full capacity. On long swims there is so much time to be in your head and think about your journey and the meaning of why you are doing what you are doing. During an ice swim there is no time to ponder such subjects, it is extreme, you ask a lot of your body and I think we are two tough women. I am very proud of our accomplishment. Check us out!