MIMS cancellations

KarenTKarenT Charter Member
edited May 2013 in General Discussion
I saw that the NYC Swim Great Hudson River Swim was cancelled today due to bad weather - bad luck to all the organisers and swimmers.

But with shameless self-interest, it also made me wonder about MIMS. I know that this cancellation was due to a storm and is one of those things that happens in this sport, but in the time-honoured tradition of obsessing over things over which I have no control, plus plain curiousity - does anyone know how often MIMS has been cancelled, if at all?

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  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    Not often. I don’t know if today’s event was cancelled by the the organizer or the coast guard. It is likely that the CG would be much more conservative with a mass start event than with something like MIMS, although with a small craft advisory, it is also likely that it would be impossible to get all the support craft necessary to the course.
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited May 2013
    MIMS was canceled in 2005 due to heavy storms and accompanying pollution in the preceding days. Apparently many of the swimmers did the swim anyway the next day (unofficial and unsanctioned but not unsupported).

    Other MIMS races have been halted mid-swim for lightning, but later resumed. I think '05 was the only one that was outright canceled, going back to 1982.

    When I did the Ederle Swim in 2011 it was postponed for 24 hours due to a small craft advisory. Not sure about other NYC Swim cancellation history.
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    Thanks for the info - very reassuring. I think I can safely move on to pointlessly worrying about something else for a while.
  • Karen -
    Yes, 2005 was cancelled. I was entered and decided not to swim due to the runoff. However, there was such a hue and cry about it being officially cancelled, that in 2006 MIMS management annouced that they would not, in the future, cancel the race due to water quality, but rather, that they would advise about water quality and let people decide for themselves. (I don't know if this is still their position.)
    I was also in the 2006 race and it was raining lightly before the start. We were advised that the water quality was "somewhat compromised" and allowed to start. Big mistake on my part. During the race it started to POUR at a biblical level and the water was absolutely disgusting. My brother said they took the boat ahead to push aside all the used condoms and other crud in the Harlem River. The next three days were possibly the sickest I've ever been in my life - every molecule of water in my body was trying to get out in any way that it could. I just slept on the bathroom floor for three days and the cats wouldn't even come in to visit.

    -LBJ
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
  • NiekNiek Member

    I just slept on the bathroom floor for three days and the cats wouldn't even come in to visit.

    Cats are smart creatures. :-)
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  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    Well....thanks for that, @Leonard_Jansen. I'm starting to wish I'd never asked...but you have at least taken my mind off the prospect of it being cancelled.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited May 2013
    @KarenT, I hear they have lampreys in the Hudson this year also. :-)
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member

    @KarenT, I hear they have lampreys in the Hudson this year also. :-)

    Hahahaha
  • NiekNiek Member
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    I'm sorry, what? I couldn't hear you - I have my fingers in my ears and am singing very loudly.
  • Heh. My mother in law, who is less than thrilled about the concept of swimming with wildlife sent me a message the other day that a tv show she was watching had lamprey's or something in a lake near the Canadian border. My next swim is kingdom swim. Hope she ignores that part.

    Thankfully, the wife is okay with my habit, and is paddling for me that race
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    I think that's Lake Champlain?
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member

    I think that's Lake Champlain?

    there are so many lampreys in Lake Champlain, you could walk across....
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    La la la la la la.
  • NiekNiek Member
    :))
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  • NiekNiek Member
    edited May 2013
    The Lamprey Song

    There must be some sort of an answer
    That I just can't seem to find,
    As to why I have all these damned lampreys
    Dancing around in my mind.
    I wish that I'd never seen one,
    I wish that I'd simply gone blind,
    'Cause I'd much rather get rectal cancer,
    Than have lampreys hang on my behind...

    Chorus:

    Lampreys, lampreys, lampreys.
    What e're in the world can we do?
    I saw you last night with a lamprey,
    And that was the end of you.

    read the rest on source: http://www.zeuscat.com/andrew/creativity/lampreys.html
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  • I think that's Lake Champlain?

    I think she said it was.

    I think we had some in Lake Erie, too. But I've never seen one. If I get bitten by one, it would suck, but I'd get a cool story from the scar.
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    "It would suck, but I would get a cool story from the scar"? What is the matter with you people?

    Okay....this is how it's going to go. For now, I'm going to continue with my strategy of denial in relation to what is clearly a made-up Freudian nightmare of a creature. However, in the event that I am ever attacked by one (which is unlikely, since they are made up), you will be treated to a blistering display of uncontained squealing, flapping and generally undignified behaviour and you should all hope that someone has a video recorder handy.

    And now I shall return to my mental preparations for a definitely not-cancelled MIMS, which involve sliding gracefully and with unexpected speed through crystal clear waters scented with nothing more than the perfumed dust from the wands of a thousand protective fairies.

    I'm glad that's all been cleared up.
  • NiekNiek Member

    scented with nothing more than the perfumed dust from the wands of a thousand protective fairie

    And you know how they look like?
    I bet they look like
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  • gregocgregoc Member
    @KarenT, don't listen to them. The Hudson will be smooth, after a heavy rain the Harlem River smells a lot like flowers, and you will not see a lamprey because nothing can live in the waters around Manhattan! Nothing that happens at MIMS is permanent except for the memories. Good Luck.
  • LynnkubLynnkub Member
    I have heard the Hudson River tastes like chicken. Maybe from all the lamprey leftovers?
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited May 2013
    @KarenT See, hear, smell and feel nothing

    imagegoggles
    imageear muffs
    imagenose clip
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  • At least we're all safer by NOT wearing a wetsuit. A study of River Thames swimming which is not classified as swimming-suitable showed those wearing a wetsuit were seven times more likely to develop illness. Swallowing water led to a 42% increase. Risk was reduced for those who'd swum in a river in the previous 24 months and for those over 40.
  • firebahfirebah Member
    Karen, at least as a swimmer from the UK you will be ready for the current water temp of 59F! Hope it warms up over the next week for all of you swimming MIMS!
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