Conditions at this year’s bay swim were ideal…no wind…no current…ideal water temperature and clear skies. It’s ironic that last year’s conditions of 30-40 MPH winds was “faster”… but much “rougher” for swimmers since the prevailing winds then were moving west to east. As I mentioned in last year’s report if you loved rollercoasters and drank your vodka with a tad of tap water you would have loved it!…I did!
If you were a newbie to this race in 2017 it was “taylor made”for a successful completion as long as you put in the time and effort beforehand. That’s not to say that the “cage fighting” beginning was easy….when you get 300+ folks swimming to the same point to get inside the narrow gap in the bridges it can be intense. I also like to get a fast moving song in my head….you know…heavy metal…maybe a little of Ozzie Ozborne to help out the stroke cadence. My buddy Kevin Sayers (he’s younger than me and a DJ) who I rode with to the race wanted to change the station to classic rock…I relented…but the Carpenters song “we’ve only just begun” didn’t help!
Lack of current and wind made navigation easy ….I would count 50 strokes until I lifted my head slightly to site. After doing this swim for many years….I know….that the mile buoys between mile 2 & 3 are not right…..it feels like that 3rd mile is the never ending story….passing mile 3….mile 4 is not too far ahead. Then it’s kind of kick ass into the finish at Hemingways as you exit the bridges.
Never envisioned doing 25 of these….but why stop now!
Linmark sports does a fabulous job along with race director Chuck Nabit and over 700 volunteers. To keep swimmers safe as they cross the bay there is a dive team, two helicopters, 20 jet skis, 50 kayaks, and 100 boats….couldn’t ask for a better safe venue for a long swim.
Congrats for fellow swimmers: Kevin Sayers, Matt Otto, Angie Marella, Pam Williams, Chip Warfel, Michele Potter for the 4.4 mile. Also congrats to my fellow training partner Megan Mackay for winning her age group and Masters woman in the mile swim.