I was yelling tropical stories reminiscent of Finding Nemo and Shark Tale over the wind to a very frigid, but determined, Sarah. The combination of sheer willpower and a bit of my nonsensical storytelling helped distract from the hypothermia and got us to the finish line. Along the way we slid over black pebbles and dusty grey sand, spent a hesitant second in the water, ogled at the beds of dry seaweed that carpeted the sand, all the while feeling small and insignificant under giant iron oxide cliffs scraping the sky.

The fabric separating Sarah from the elements, held together by intricate bungee cord knots, is courtesy of Kavina Swimwear’s SS16 collection. Its arctic silhouette was a piercing counterpart to the red bluffs and Sarah’s resolute frame.