Another interesting post on the Channel Swimmers chat group from Ned Denison (member of the MIMS selection committee), describing some of the unique challenges of MIMS compared to other famous marathon swims (e.g., English Channel):
… [snippet – see chat group for full post]
Somebody referred to MIMS as the “weak sister” of the three events. Be careful… We all know that every open water swim is different and that the same open water swim is different every year, month, day, hour and minute. A daylight EC swim in August with hot sun, warm calm water, no wind and perfect timing to land on the CAP is very different from – what most of us got or will get.
So – there are some things about MIMS that are usually a bit easier that the EC and Catalina. Here are two that resonate with me:
The MIMS team usually gets the timing right so the swimmers have current behind them going up the East and Harlem rivers.
The swimmer doesn’t need to prepare for a 15 hour swim – you will have finished or been pulled long before then.