I thought I should get something out now (however brief), with a more comprehensive report to follow. Yesterday was an experience that… will take a couple of days to process.
I fulfilled my goal of finishing the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. The time (8:59) and place (1) were nice, but finishing was the hard part.
A few stats (some actual, some approximate):
- water temp: 80F
- air temp: 70F (low) to 88F (high)
- wind speed: 15 mph (morning) to calm-ish (afternoon)
- calories consumed: 2,800
- calories burned: 5,000+
- fluids consumed: 320 oz (9.5 liters)
- strokes taken: 33,500 (a few on my back, for various reasons)
- pace per mile: 22:27
Here are the data from the GPS transponder on my escort boat (ignore the blue line):
Credit my boat pilot for that incredibly true line. More on him later.
If you’re wondering about the detours at the bridges, that’s because certain portions of those bridges are too low for the boat to pass under. Specifically, the parts crossing over the shortest path to the finish. So the boat went around to find higher clearance, while my kayaker and I went under.
A few good links:
- Official results at DistanceMatters.com.
- An item at the Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- A great segment on last night’s local news in Tampa.
- Photo albums on official Facebook page: Part 1, Part 2.
A nice moment: