Loyola Marymount University senior Kim Shales completed a 22-mile swim from Catalina Island to the Palos Verdes Peninsula on Oct. 12, 2010, in 11 hours, 53 minutes and 34 seconds.
“I’m so happy. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Shales, an English major from Manhattan Beach, Calif. “People always talk about making a swim this long, but never do it. I decided I wasn’t going to be like them.”
Shales, who was sponsored by North End Restaurant and Greens Plus, trained for five months and said that it encompassed her mind, body and spirit. In addition to the strenuous physical training, she kept an all-natural raw diet. “This was more than just a sporting event, it was good for my overall health. And, it was a very spiritual experience. Simply being in the water was just healing,” Shales said.
Shales said the swim has changed her life for the better because of the support and encouragement she received from the community. “Everyone is so excited for me, especially the kids I coach in swimming. People are telling me how the swim has inspired them to become more physical,” Shales said. “It’s as if my whole community was helping to train me. They were all so supportive, and reminded me that I could do it.”
Posted Oct. 15, 2010