Stephen Jepson Conquers Big Spirit

Big Spirit Lake

My support crew includes: Bob
Wynne (boat owner and operator) and Marybelle Jepson (navigator, planner and of course my mother)


Stephen Jepson Conquers Big Spirit

I certainly do not think of ” conquering” Spirit Like. That was a word used by an Iowa newspaper describing my swim across the largest natural lake in Iowa. All I did was enter the lake on one shore and swim to the farthest shore. It was only a few miles. My initial swim was on a beautiful summer day in 1957. I just turned 16. I swam the lake again the following year (1958). I waited until my late 60s for my fourth Lake swim. I crossed the lake in the water for the fifth time in 2011. I am 75 this month. It has been 59 years since I first swam the lake. My plan is to swim Big Spirit for the sixth time on July 29, 2016.
I have done some resistance training and soon I will get in the pool. Today May 2, 2016 will be my first pool swim in several years.
I am happy to share my training schedule if you are interested.
Warmly, Stephen
Never Leave The Playground
neverleavetheplayground.com

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