Because of a technical problem, the ending was missing from the Sunday story on paraplegic swimmer Jason Pipoly, written by Ericka Blount. Pipoly -- who was paralyzed after a car accident while he was en route to a reservoir in the Rockies -- had been training at the YMCA on Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest Washington for a race across Tampa Bay. That quest ended when he broke his leg in a tumble down stairs at his home.
So with the Tampa swim out of reach, Pipoly began looking for a new challenge.
Then he thought back to his accident. He never reached the reservoir that day.
Last month, his leg still in a cast, Pipoly began training again.
He would return to the Ruedi Reservoir and swim the 17 miles across it. The water, he knows, will be breathtakingly cold. The altitude -- more than 10,000 feet above sea level -- will make it even harder.
It will be a tough place for him to go for other reasons as well. But he hopes to somehow find the person who called 911 that February day in 1998 and saved his life. And thank him or her.
Pipoly laughs now at the dull ache that engulfed him as the lanky 11-year-old kid who sobbed uncontrollably on the beach after failing to swim the English Channel.
Now he's back at the Y, putting in 6,500 meters a day -- more than most able-bodied swimmers can imagine.
A group of kids comes out of the locker room with bare feet and lunch bags.
Pipoly drags his good leg out of the water and then pulls his broken one, still swollen, out of the shallows. "How do I look?" he shouts with a wide grin to his girlfriend, Vanessa Vance, watching from her wheelchair.
"You look good!" one of the regulars shouts back to him.
"I feel good," he says, resting his body against the wall.
If he can keep going, he figures, swim the reservoir, then he can do even tougher swims.
And find that Zen again.