"Everyone thinks we're crazy"- the MSF t-shirt?

loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
edited May 2016 in General Discussion
In the new member and motivation threads, variations of this quote continue to arise. I doubt there's one of us who hasn't heard it.
Marathon swimmers: Everyone thinks we're crazy

Good for the MSF motto, tagline or hypothetical t-shirt?

Come on, throw some more out here.
You're not a marathon swimmer 'til you've puked while swimming

Marathon swimmers do it for a long time/while wet/in the water
Marathon swimmer: That's not fat, it's bioprene.
Marathon swimmer: I'm just do it for the food

Marathons Swimmer: No, I actually like Dover
I could do this for a while but we have a lot of resident comedians here, so let's hear them!


  • sharkbaitzasharkbaitza LondonMember
    I might just steal this... That's not fat, it's bioprene.
  • sharkbaitzasharkbaitza LondonMember
    Or what about an old relay team motto...

    Shaking, not stirred.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    Marathon swimmers do it for hours horizontally...or some form of that.

    I don't need a wetsuit. I'm acclimatized
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited May 2014
    I'm not pear-shaped, I'm built for marathon swimming

    I marathon swim so I can eat ice cream after every meal

  • You know how a millionaire hides his wealth until he knows she loves him, not his money? It's the same basic thing with my bathing suit!
  • Marathon Swimming: Bathing suit, Goggles, Cap. Just add water; miles and miles of water!
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    @Dredpiraterobts Believe it or not, they let us earn our own money now.
  • Truth be told, that's gonna be about the same too... :ar!
  • wendyv34wendyv34 Vashon, WASenior Member
    Marathon swimmers do it out in the open!

    It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.

  • Marathon swimmers puke while they do it.
  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member
    My little cousin found me the perfect little button, I got it as a graduation present yesterday (she graduated, yet I was the one receiving presents). It simply says:

    you fly
    I'll swim

    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • wendyv34 said:

    Marathon swimmers do it out in the open!

    Not bad
  • With apologies (or thanks) to Cheech & Chong's Acapulco Gold ( don't pretend you don't know it)

    No turns no lanes that
    you don't need
    Marathon Swimming's one
    Bada$$ed Deed!
  • There is always the classic "Your workout is my warmup."
  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member
    edited May 2014
    A slightly different take for a t-shirt:

    Yes, I'm a marathon swimmer, so before you ask:
    1) No, I've never been bitten by a shark, or even seen one.
    2) No, she didn't. At best it was assisted and at worst it was a total fraud.
    3) No, I don't know her and if I did, I wouldn't admit it.
    4) No, I don't even own a wetsuit.
    5) No, we don't stop and get in the boat to rest.
    6) No, not even to go to the bathroom.
    7) No, I've never bumped into a dead body in the Hudson River.
    8) No, triathlon swims aren't marathon swims. They're warmups.
    9) No, my ex left me for another woman, but since it didn't disrupt training/racing I got over it quickly.
    10) Because I really wanted to be a psycho-killer, but wasn't sane enough.

    If it has to be a one liner, then:

    Marathon Swimming: Because I really wanted to be a psycho-killer, but wasn't sane enough.


    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    I started his thread just to see what Leonard would say. Worth it!
  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member
    @loneswimmer - I'm not sure if I'm honored or have provided yet more proof that I should be institutionalized.

    Here's another one:

    Marathon Swimming
    Prodesse quam conspici

    Note: For those of you who didn't go to high school in a monastery like I did (yeah, the Jewish guy did high school in a monastery), "prodesse quam conspici" is Latin for (roughly) "To accomplish rather than be conspicuous" or possibly "To accomplish inconspicuously."


    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • bobswimsbobswims OregonCharter Member
    Marathon Swimming
    It's not a triathlon without the bike.

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member
    ...if it was easy, smart people would do it.

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • ColmBreathnachColmBreathnach Charter Member
    Marathon swimming: If it was easy it would be called Ironman.
  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member
    Marathon Swimmers: You won't call us crazy once the polar ice caps finish melting.

    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member
    Any one object to me taking some of these for next years 24 Hr Relay T shirt? Does a 24 Hr Relay count as marathon swimming?

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    ...if it was easy, smart people would do it.

    ...if it was easy, triathletes would do it.

  • sharkbaitzasharkbaitza LondonMember
    Marathon Swimming... Sanity is optional...
  • 'Marathon swimming: the true hunger games.' Thought as I look for my second breakfast.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    These are all great ideas, but I'd like to know if we (MSF) are seriously considering t-shirts, because I'd buy a whole bunch of them. Hell, I'd buy a polo with a nice embroidered emblem and the words MARATHON SWIMMERS FEDERATION on it.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    @IronMike, Currently, no we're not. The problem likely wouldn't be quantity, but the range of destinations. Mass orders of caps, t-shirts etc usually ship to a single destination, not a range of international addresses.
  • jendutjendut Charter Member
    Just for future ref- if anyone were ever inclined - you can use sites like inktothepeople.com or Cafe Press and design it then have everyone just buy what they want, from wherever they are, and pay separately... :)
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    @jendut, have you ever bought from Cafe Press? I've also found stuff that I liked, but I'm afraid of getting a product that is simply an iron-on.

    @loneswimmer, @evmo, is the picture of the swimmer in The Channel trademarked or copyrighted or whatever?
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    IronMike said:

    is the picture of the swimmer in The Channel trademarked or copyrighted or whatever?

    I generated the logo on the main MSF homepage using a screen-cap of a NOAA nautical chart, so technically I think the relevant intellectual property rights belong to the US government (shhh!). So let's please refrain from putting it on any t-shirts for now.

    Total coincidence, but I'm currently in the process of getting a new logo designed, which we could use for apparel & such. I should be ready to unveil it next week sometime.

    Re: CafePress, I've personally found their stuff to be of low (or at least inconsistent) quality, so if anyone has alternative suggestions, please speak up.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    Rob always swore by that company that made his swimsuits, so at least for suits we could use them. Can't remember their name. @aquarob?
  • timsroottimsroot Spring, TXCharter Member
    @ironmike - you are thinking of splish. Www.splish.com, I believe
  • AquaRobAquaRob Humboldt Bay, CACharter Member
    @ironmike yup, it's Splish. If you want to do customs contact them to get it sorted out, they're super nice people over there and have made a ton of goofy suits for me over the years.
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member

    Marathon Swimming... Sanity is optional...

    Or replace "sanity" with "salinity" (highly amusing for a Great Lakes swimmer)

  • jendutjendut Charter Member
    @IronMike I have only had stickers and car magnets made by Cafe Press and they were fine, but I actually can not speak to any clothing... I have used inktothepeople for tshirt sales several times and had very good customer service there. You set up the design then as soon as you reach a certain # of orders they go to press (price gets lower as number or orders gets bigger), that type of thing.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    I've had a couple of embroidered polo shirts done by CafePress that were so rubbish I sent them back. Never again.
  • jendutjendut Charter Member
    edited June 2014
    Here is an example- this sweatshirt is prob one of the more expensive items but it could be put on the "market" for 33.00 if 25 people order (goes down a bit if more people get on board). You can set it up to make a profit of not (just charge the baseline cost). Nothing fancy like embroidery though...
  • jendutjendut Charter Member
    Ok that is an image now I think.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    Here's where I order my promotion ware.

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • WarmWaterWarmWater SingaporeMember
    Marathon Swimmers go
    ...and go ...
    ...and go ...
    ...and go ....
  • I use this company for embroidered items:
    Once they have your artwork you can set up a store and people can order the logo on anything they want: shirts, jackets, towels. They often have good sales as well.
  • Open Water Swimming: You and nature getting back to each other.

    MSF, Where all the COOL amphibians are at.

    Amphibians of the world, UNITE!

    I'm free of your Terrestrial Centrism.

    Marathon Swimming, The flame that feeds on water.

    You: H2O. Me: H20km.

    My other car is a bathing suit.

    You: Going 20 miles to the beach. Me: Going 20 miles FROM the beach.

  • JenAJenA Charter Member
    Turning miles into smiles.

    Where "frequent flier" is a term of admiration.

    Because knowing "how much further" is too easy.

    It *is* about the suit. :-)

    Support - Fairness - Honour

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited June 2014
    JenA said:

    Support - Fairness - Honor


    I fixed your spelling error above. ;)
  • JenAJenA Charter Member
    @IronMike: LOL. :-)

  • FrancoFranco Charter Member
    Getting off topic but Mike must have watched Jeopardy last night with this category:
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
  • tortugatortuga Senior Member
    "prodesse quam conspici" is Latin for (roughly) "To accomplish rather than be conspicuous" or possibly "To accomplish inconspicuously."

    That's good stuff.
  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member
    Too bad DN doesn't speak Latin.

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com

  • International Marathon Swimmers Have A Real Kinda Boldness Absent In Triathletes
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