forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. — The Aeneid, Book 1
Last year I undertook an ambitious program of marathon swims:
- in April, the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim;
- in June, the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim;
- in August, a 20.1-mile solo crossing of the Catalina Channel;
- in October, the 17.5-mile Ederle Swim from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Manhattan.
While I usually keep my personal life out of this space, in this case it’s essential to understanding my experiences this year. I undertook this schedule of swims while going through a divorce (a process that began 4 days before MIMS), and while moving 2,100 miles from Chicago to California.
Yep – it was an interesting year.…