Tampa, in brief

Tampa, in brief


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:

A nice moment:

32 Responses to “Tampa, in brief”

  1. Bo Martin

    2011-04-24T18:25:22+00:00

    AWESOME!!!!

    I’ll set my goal that tomorrow morning at practice all of
    my 100 splits will be 1:16 or better :-)

    Bo

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T17:55:38+00:00

      Bo, it’s a good way to practice mental arithmetic, too!

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  2. Katie

    2011-04-25T07:15:01+00:00

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job! Can’t wait to see the full report.

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  3. Barton Cobb

    2011-04-25T09:03:39+00:00

    Congratulations on your win Saturday – great swim!

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:11:25+00:00

      Bart – Thanks, and good seeing you again. I’ll follow your E.C. blog with interest.

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  4. Mark

    2011-04-25T12:56:42+00:00

    Congrats on the finish and win!

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:12:24+00:00

      Thanks Mark. See you at UIC once I can lift my arms again.

      Reply
  5. Bob Needham

    2011-04-25T13:30:30+00:00

    Great swim Evan. I was far back in the field, but my goal was to finish and I am thrilled to have succeeded. When is your Catalina date? I go on 9/19.

    Bob

    PS: I am assuming you estimated the water temperature because I swam through water that was 86 – 88 in the afternoon.

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T18:52:07+00:00

      Bob – I’m thrilled for you! That swim is an absolute beast.

      My Catalina date is 8/24 (into the 25th).

      80F was just what I heard at the start. I’m sure it warmed a bit during the day. The only part I felt was much more than 82 (during my swim, at least) was in the last couple hundred yards before the finish.

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  6. Ron Collins

    2011-04-25T14:10:01+00:00

    Terrific swim, Evan. You’re now in a great position to have an awesome year! Very David Barraesque!!!

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:11:16+00:00

      Ron – I was certainly inspired by DB’s incredible year. Thanks again for all your work.

      Reply
  7. Gords

    2011-04-25T14:44:07+00:00

    Congratulations Evan, not only finish, but in 8:59? That is fantastic! Way to go. I bet your totally high right now. Enjoy it.

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:11:33+00:00

      Gords – hey! Yeah, I’m happy about it. Still, plenty of room for improvement before Manhattan.

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  8. John Hobson

    2011-04-25T15:08:47+00:00

    Evan – Congratulations !!

    I was there to witness you exiting the water, and you were kind enough to visit with me a while. What a GREAT accomplishment. All the best for a great year !!

    John Hobson

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:03:05+00:00

      Hi John – I enjoyed our chat on the beach. I wish you the best with your 25K in Noblesville… I may have been there myself if not for the Manhattan swim on the same day!

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      • John

        2011-06-22T11:45:56+00:00

        Evan – Congratulations on a great swim at MIMS. Would love to hear your take on the differences between Tampa and MMs sometime.

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        • Evan

          2011-06-23T21:04:56+00:00

          This is John from our conversation at the finish in Tampa, right? Thanks for stopping by again! I’ll see what I can do about comparing to Tampa in my MIMS report.

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  9. Erik

    2011-04-25T19:33:03+00:00

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading more about your training and future swims.

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  10. Anthony McCarley

    2011-04-25T20:07:30+00:00

    Congratulations on a great swim. It was a pleasure to meet you. Good luck with the rest of your swims this year.

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:06:00+00:00

      Anthony, I was busy loading the boat and applying sunscreen most of the morning, so those few minutes on the beach right before the start were about the only calm & peace I had the whole time. Pleasure to meet you too.

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      • Anthony McCarley

        2011-04-27T06:04:47+00:00

        Hope I didn’t wreck your calm and peace. It helped me somehow. Thanks. I was happy to finish.
        I enjoy your blog. Did you have a boat lined up for Boston Light? Do you know a captain that you can recommend?

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        • Evan

          2011-04-27T08:44:45+00:00

          Anthony – not at all! It helped me too. Congrats on your finish.

          I actually haven’t done Boston Light before, and sadly I can’t do it this year either. I imagine Greg or Elaine could provide a few suggestions. Good luck – that will be an incredible swim!

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  11. Swim Jim

    2011-04-25T20:07:50+00:00

    Sweet swim Evan. I have to believe your arms felt like they were going to fall off. Nice to break the nine hour barrier too. I mentioned to our lane this morning about beginning to train for next year’s 24 mile swim…no takers yet.

    Great swim!

    Jim R.

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    • Evan

      2011-04-25T21:07:32+00:00

      Jim, thanks very much. My arms still feel like they will fall off, even 2 days later.

      Reply
  12. Michelle Nelson

    2011-04-25T22:22:42+00:00

    AMAZING swim–super fast!!! Enjoy some recovery time:)

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    • Evan

      2011-04-26T17:35:27+00:00

      Thanks Michelle! You bet I have been. I love the picture I saw of you at the finish – so happy.

      Reply
  13. Susie

    2011-04-26T05:53:29+00:00

    Evan Almighty indeed! What a physical accomplishment but more impressed with mental fortitude it took to finish!
    Congrats!
    Susan

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    • Evan

      2011-04-26T17:37:04+00:00

      Susan, thanks. It took a fair bit of both, but the mental aspect was definitely foremost.

      Reply
  14. Donal

    2011-05-03T09:33:12+00:00

    Congrats man. Fantastic achievement. Sorry I didn’t catch up with you last week when it happened. Well done though!

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    • Evan

      2011-05-03T19:20:00+00:00

      Thanks, Donal. I understand most folks have better things to do than keep up with my marathon swimming career (such as it is) :-)

      Reply

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