Kat and I are on a train heading back home from NYC after a wonderful few days. I plan to recap the swim in this post and perhaps one and maybe two more to finish up my Triple Crown posts. Afterwards, I have plenty of updates about my Dad's progress along the Camino de Santiago (aka "The Way"). To keep these topics separated, I will post about my Dad later. For now, sit back, relax with a beverage, snacks or whatever floats your boat.....and read. Here goes nothing.
20 Bridges Swim
|From L to R: Brendan, me, Kat, Cheryl, and Fred (photo courtesy of Fred's phone - picture taken by a kind person)
Pre-SwimThe Night Before. Kat and I decided to get an AirBnB up by the start of the 20 Bridges Swim. The start of the swim actually took place on the upper East Side of Manhattan but we all convened way up on the Northwest side of Manhattan on 207th Street - right on the Hudson river. Our AirBnB was just a few blocks away and allowed us a few extra hours of sleep or so we thought.
|Kat enjoying the summer "sprinkler" near our AirBnB
Early Morning - Swim Day. After waking up, I prepared my feeds (CarboPro in 1.5 liter bottles) and sorted out my swim gear. I was all set. Gear check confirmed I had everything and proved that worrying about forgotten things would not make them appear nor would the worrying help. I had everything now and I just needed to eat a bit. The previous night, we shopped for food and I purchased some scones. Should have purchased a few egg sandwiches but instead I opted for a stomach neutral scone (or 4 to be exact). Additionally, we each purchased a hug cup of cold brew coffee from Starbucks to consume in the morning. Coop carried it on the subway up to our place. We doubted our neighborhood had a Starbucks; later, we learned how wrong we were. Oh well.
|Coop with Coffee (the night before)
La Marina - Before the Start. Our instructions were clear. The event organizers wanted us to meet at La Marina at 6:30am and then later for a mandatory 6:45am crew and swimmer orientation. That meeting was quick, efficient, and useful.
|David Barra entertaining us all - Pre swim meeting
My team's boat was coming from Staten Island and would meet us at the start on the East River side. Thus, we had to climb aboard another team's boat and get ferried over to the start (and our boat).
|The "other team's boat" - aka a Rib (photo taken by Brendan)
|Holy crow I am fat from that angle! Time to lose some of that weight. Just before the start....
|Yeah, I know girls...steady your hearts. The walrus is on the float.
I realize this was the least exciting part of the swim but it was the part that set me up for success (or later struggles). Wait for my next post to hear what really happened.
Oh, never got to post the update because the internet connection on Amtrak died. I'm home the night after. The next post should be ready by mid-day tomorrow. Stay tuned....