Friday, September 4, 2009

Governors Island swim

Most surreal and magical moment: bobbing around behind the imaginary line created by the starting buoys and contemplating the panoramic glory of the lower Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn as well as the adjacent peculiarities of Governors Island itself! There is nothing like seeing Manhattan from the water - when one's eyes are literally at the level of the water, I mean!

Most exciting moment: battling HUGE swells along the first part of the shoreline! It was an adventure...

Most self-doubting moment: wondering beforehand why I had given over my whole afternoon to this crazy race where I hardly knew anybody when I might have been better off with a quiet afternoon at home (I bought an iPod Touch the other day, to replace the non-fixable water-drenched iPod from 2005, and I have not even had time to take it out of the box!)

Most enjoyable moment: every single bit of the swim! Beautiful sunny clear day in mid-70s, water temperature at 75 - the perfectly refreshing temperature of my dreams. This was a lovely swim - the really challenging part is over about a quarter of the way in, and in contrast the next bit seems as SMOOTH AS GLASS, to an almost uncanny degree - it is certainly a race of contrasts!

Most worthwhile moment: conversing on the ferry back to Manhattan with a wonderful gentleman who volunteers with the Achilles club helping blind runners and triathletes compete - he swam, biked (on a tandem!) and ran the NYC triathlon this year with a blind competitor, and is running the Chicago marathon ditto...

2 miles, time c. 1:13 - tidal assist on a few short bits, but INSANE CHOP on some other bits, so I am thinking it cancels out and it is probably not a bad estimate of where I would be for a straight 2-mile swim in lake-type conditions...

3 comments:

Brent Buckner said...

Well done!

Wendy said...

Fabulous!!! (Now, to follow your example and have a most enjoyable swim!

Leah said...

That must have been an amazing experience. A new way to experience NYC!