This week, we had the chance to talk to Adam Ellenstein, who brings endurance training to a new level as he prepares to swim 105 Km (or 65 miles) non-stop down the entire length of Okanagan Lake in BC, Canada as a World Record title attempt, also known as VictorySwim105.
Adam has loved swimming his whole life, but 5 years ago he decided he wanted to get serious about getting back in the pool to train for an iron-distance triathlon. Since then he has participated in various ultra length races with encouragement and support from friend, Brad Sawa. The longest swim he’s done to date was the 30k across Lake Winnipeg last August.
“I felt so good after swimming the 12 hrs across Lake Winnipeg I really felt like I could turn back around and swim more…for the next year’s swim I really wanted to push the boundaries”
With his newfound confidence, making the jump from a 30k to a 105k swim seemed attainable. Ellenstein says that his main source of motivation are the friends and family that keep him going. His wife, Amelia, even follows behind in ultra races and long training sessions in a strip built wooden kayak handcrafted by Ellenstein himself. He humbly states:
“Crew is King”
To Ellenstein, it’s all about the the people that are there to help and support him. His crew carries essential nutrients, cheers for him, and in the case of his aunt Susan, plans to swim part of VictorySwim105 alongside Ellenstein. Recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she is a huge motivator for Ellenstein, as the swim supports people living with the disease.
Unlike many foundations for Parkinson’s, the Davis Phinney Foundation focuses on helping those living with the disease to live well today, rather than medical research in pursuit of a cure. This message definitely comes through in their slogan, “Every Victory Counts”.
“they want people with Parkinson’s and supporters for people with Parkinson’s to relish and cherish every victory that they have every day. Maybe it’s tying their own shoes for somebody with late stage Parkinson’s, or someone like Susan, My aunt it’s getting into a pool and doing some swim training because she wants to swim with me during my swim”
Ellenstein’s says his first priority during the swim is safety for him and his crew, as they will be in open water and unpredictable weather. The second goal? To have fun!
“Find your Why”
Stay updated on Adam Ellenstein and VictorySwim105 on their Facebook page here!