We've been talking a lot about @ssthomas lately, as the newly crowned world record holder for Longest (Continuous, Current-Neutral) Open Water Swim in human history, just a few months ago.
Her swimming feats are already etched in the permanent history of the sport, but what I've appreciated even more is her commitment to the unstated ethics of traditional / no BS old-school open water swimming: suit/cap/goggles, no compromises, full transparency... extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Today she begins her most arduous swim yet... and this one's on dry land, seated.
As the #13 Charter Member of this Forum (which means, early on the first day -- March 12, 2012) - a consistent, long-time contributor who wrote this epic comment, she is as central to this community as anyone ever has been. Even today, she's participating in our discussions.
Sending you strength, Sarah.