[New blog post] Florence Chadwick - adventure swimmer
 
[I am slowing getting back into my blogging groove.]

Yesterday was the birthday of Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. 

I found the story of how she went from an unhappy divorcee working for her mother's restaurant to swimming the English Channel to be quite inspirational. She'd always loved open-water swimming, but it wasn't until she decided to take a risk and leave the country that she was able to follow in the wake of her childhood heroine Gertrude Ederle (the first woman to swim the channel).