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chaos
October 3rd, 2012, 07:43 PM
So, the name Jim Mc Conica is familiar to me and though I've never met him, he never ceases to amaze.

He is in the middle of a seven day residency in the Pacific Ocean between Anacapa Island and the mainland. He'll be crossing once per day and 2x on the seventh. Awesome and crazy.

TUTs_mama
October 3rd, 2012, 09:07 PM
I'd be happy to do it once, period :D. Is there a special reason for why he is doing it?

TUTs_mama
October 3rd, 2012, 09:20 PM
Okay, so I have since googled Jim McConica and all I can say is wow! I did notice that this was updated yesterday, so I thought I would add it to your post.

He also set the record for the Anacapa Channel on 2 October 2012 from Anacapa Island to the California mainland in 4 hours 38 minutes.

Glenn
October 4th, 2012, 12:05 AM
Yes, there is a reason he is doing it....no one else has done it and the way he is doing it no one else will do it for a very long time!:applaud:

TUTs_mama
October 4th, 2012, 12:30 AM
Yes, there is a reason he is doing it....no one else has done it and the way he is doing it no one else will do it for a very long time!:applaud:


I like it! I love it when people answer "because I can" :D. True inspiration!

Michael Blatt
October 4th, 2012, 01:17 PM
Reliable sources early this morning say that Jim's record swim on the 1st day took too much out of him and he did not finish the second day's swim.

It should surprise no one who knows him to see him try this sequence of swims or something similar again in the near future, though.

evmo
October 4th, 2012, 02:12 PM
Reliable sources early this morning say that Jim's record swim on the 1st day took too much out of him and he did not finish the second day's swim.

Who are your sources? They don't know what they're talking about. He did finish the Day 2 swim (yesterday), in 5:23:53.

It is true that the Day 1 swim took more out of him than he expected. That is because he had a rare day of perfect, glassy conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel. This offered the opportunity to go after the record, set just three weeks earlier by his 17-year old teammate Nick Vargas (a sub-4:40 500 Freestyler).

Given this rare opportunity, Jim put everything he had into the Day 1 swim and smashed the record by 20 minutes. His time of 4:38:07 will likely stand for a while.

Despite an all-out 12.4-mile swim the day before, Jim came back on Day 2 and did it again. His 5:23:53 is still among the fastest Anacapa crossings in history. It was also the first time anyone has completed Anacapa crossings on two consecutive days.

Immediately after the Day 2 swim, Jim decided that after the record swim and unprecedented back-to-back, he had nothing left to prove, and called it a week. In the words of his crew chief: "Could he keep going? Yes. But it would be miserable, not fun or rewarding."

Hope that clarifies matters.

evmo
October 4th, 2012, 02:15 PM
@Michael Blatt

I notice from your blog that you swim in Ventura. Now I'm guessing that your sources are probably reliable, but you probably misunderstood them.

chaos
October 4th, 2012, 03:02 PM
In the words of his crew chief: "Could he keep going? Yes. But it would be miserable, not fun or rewarding."

A little misery never hurt anyone............

Michael Blatt
October 4th, 2012, 05:36 PM
@Michael Blatt

I notice from your blog that you swim in Ventura. Now I'm guessing that your sources are probably reliable, but you probably misunderstood them.


Oops, clearly I misunderstood what I heard about Wednesday's event.

(But it was clear that there was no swim going on this morning.)

By the way, I meant in no way to denigrate Jim's accomplishment(s). I've learned an amazing amount from swimming with him in the past few years, and remain in awe at his abilities and accomplishments.