Crack the ice and swim

Chantelle Deacon

"Just getting out and doing stuff that makes you feel alive," is one Vernon athlete's motto – for pretty much everything. 

Vernon ultra-athlete Shanda Hill, along with friends Nicole Rich, Amy Volpatti and Lindsey Procter, dug a hole through the ice on Kalmalka Lake Tuesday and decided to go for a dip. 

"I'm ready, I'm pumped. I just can't wait to jump in," Volpatti said. 

"We're doing a little bit of refreshing for the legs," Hill said. "The last race that I did was a 38-kilometre swim, 1,800-kilometre bike ride and 442-kilometre run. I think that it helps me with recovery." 

"I don't think I would normally just come out here and do it for kicks. It makes me feel a lot better. I'm getting what I need to continue doing what I do." 

Hill is known as an athlete who does what most people don't define as "normal."

"Once you get in, it's fantastic and I don't recommend staying in a long time," she said. "Don't be out here alone, but we're going in knee deep, so it's reasonably safe – and make sure you have people spotting you, warm clothes and a good vehicle to get into." 

"I'm from California, this is crazy," Rich said, who jumped in the water briefly, mostly for an adrenaline rush. 

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