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Never Leave a Woman Behind

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So excited! So nervous to be doing the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim (http://www.tampabayfrogman.com/) on January 2nd!

The Frogman Swim is a 5km race across a stretch of Tampa Bay that started off in Jan 2010 as a fund raiser for a wounded Navy Seal. In 2011, the swimmers will be raising money for the Naval Special Warfare Foundation, which helps the families of wounded or fallen Navy Seals.

The water temperature for the 2010 event was 58 degrees, and it doesn't look like warming up at all for the 2011 swim. I'm planning on swimming sans wetsuit, a decision made easy by the fact that I'd have to lose about 10lbs to fit into my wettie (I own one, but I never wear it so it's ok). After already being stuck in an 82 degree pool for 2 months, and with no opportunity to acclimatise myself except for having a cold bath, I'm nervous.

Fortunately, I've been assured by the race director that every swimmer has their own personal escort for the swim. I'm already having fantasies about being surrounded by Navy Seals, and am pretty sure I'm getting a whole unit as my escort. Here's an action shot of them practicing our mid-swim stealth hot chocolate feeding:



Navy helicopters chock full of Seals will be standing by in case I get too cold and need rescue:



Anyone trying to draft in my wake will experience unexplained warm currents, but will also have these guys to contend with:



Here's hoping my body remembers my cold swims from September and October and I'll make it! I'll be wearing my new robaquatics.com swimsuit, so I'll be stylish no matter what the outcome. So stylish, in fact, that I'm a bit worried I'll be bombarded by affectionate Seals at the finish line and will be too exhausted to take my daughter to Harry Potter Land after the race......



Seriously, though, if I don't raise some more money for this worthy cause, my crew may well consist of



To donate to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation in my name, please go to:
http://www.imathlete.com/donate/AmandaHunt

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  1. jethro's Avatar
    Good luck! I hope you reach your fundraising goal.
  2. chaos's Avatar
    your chosen attire will serve you well. to date, there are no reported cases of "swimmer rescue" for anyone wearing a robaquatics zebra stripped (with a purple thingy on the butt)
    suit.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Harry Potter sounds fun. Swim does not sound fun at 58 degrees. Good luck, Not a Chicken.
  4. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jethro
    Good luck! I hope you reach your fundraising goal.
    Thank you!!! I signed up and started fundraising a little late, but I can always continue after the swim if (WHEN) I make it
  5. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaos
    your chosen attire will serve you well. to date, there are no reported cases of "swimmer rescue" for anyone wearing a robaquatics zebra stripped (with a purple thingy on the butt)
    suit.
    A matching cap would complete the outfit very nicely. Can't find one so I might have to invoke the powers of the CIBBOWS cap!
  6. chaos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken of the Sea
    A matching cap would complete the outfit very nicely. Can't find one so I might have to invoke the powers of the CIBBOWS cap!
    the swimsuit addict gave me a zebra stripped cap, and though the stripes are a bit tighter than the suit, i would say they are a pretty good match.

    we CIBBOWS would be honored with your representation!
  7. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    55 degree bath = monumental fail
  8. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Hey Amanda, it's so cool that you're doing this swim. I actually considered it, since I'm already in Florida, but once I figured out it was a 6-7h drive each way to Tampa I decided against it. Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

    Speedo makes a zebra striped cap. As Dave noted, I've already given mine away, else I would send it to you. CIBBOWS caps are always in fashion, if that's the route you choose.

    And I'm happy to donate to the cause. I actually swim with some former SEALS and see kids training for the SEAL test a lot at my pool here in Panama City FL (it's near a naval training center that teaches underwater demolition and such). They are invariably very polite and kind to me, and frequently call me "ma'am." They also do lots of that funny sideways SEAL stroke that I still haven't quite figured out. I enjoy swimming with them, and it breaks my heart to think of them leaving here and going to somewhere in harms way.
  9. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    Hey Amanda, it's so cool that you're doing this swim. I actually considered it, since I'm already in Florida, but once I figured out it was a 6-7h drive each way to Tampa I decided against it. Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

    Speedo makes a zebra striped cap. As Dave noted, I've already given mine away, else I would send it to you. CIBBOWS caps are always in fashion, if that's the route you choose.

    And I'm happy to donate to the cause. I actually swim with some former SEALS and see kids training for the SEAL test a lot at my pool here in Panama City FL (it's near a naval training center that teaches underwater demolition and such). They are invariably very polite and kind to me, and frequently call me "ma'am." They also do lots of that funny sideways SEAL stroke that I still haven't quite figured out. I enjoy swimming with them, and it breaks my heart to think of them leaving here and going to somewhere in harms way.
    Thank you so very much!! aside from going to a good cause the donations will motivate me to finish
    I wanted to do this swim last year, as I was in Fort Lauderdale for another swim, but was surprised by the driving distance!
    I think I'll go for the 2 cap combo. CIBBOWS on top and my Sweaty Betty (been a lot of miles in cold water with me) on the bottom. Should work
  10. ViveBene's Avatar
    58 degrees F while you are moving will be fine. Stopping to pose with the Salty Dogs could be injurious to health!
    The photo narrative is worth the price of admission (I'll throw a few $$ into the kitty), though I am still being pursued by MIMS recipient organization, which wants more of me.
    Have fun! Any idea what the air temp will be?
  11. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene
    58 degrees F while you are moving will be fine. Stopping to pose with the Salty Dogs could be injurious to health!
    The photo narrative is worth the price of admission (I'll throw a few $$ into the kitty), though I am still being pursued by MIMS recipient organization, which wants more of me.
    Have fun! Any idea what the air temp will be?
    Thanks! yeah I figure it's fine if I'm actually swimming. MIMS are tenacious, but ever grateful
  12. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene
    58 degrees F while you are moving will be fine. Stopping to pose with the Salty Dogs could be injurious to health!
    The photo narrative is worth the price of admission (I'll throw a few $$ into the kitty), though I am still being pursued by MIMS recipient organization, which wants more of me.
    Have fun! Any idea what the air temp will be?
    I'm expecting 40-50 degrees because it's a fairly early swim. Not warm, unfortunately.
  13. jim thornton's Avatar
    Amanda, a magnificent, life-affirming blog! I was in 59 degree water for 1 hour and 40 minutes and my heart stayed in the healthy range, descending only to 94.9 degrees F.

    I must take exception with ViveBene's advice about movement keeping your warm.

    Actually, you want to adopt the Heat Escape Lessening Position, or H.E.L.P. Roll into a ball and tuck your hands into either the opposite arm pits or groin, which ever keeps you warmer. And try not to move at all.

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_escape_lessening_position"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_escape_lessening_position[/ame]


    The following chart provides a general idea of survival times in water of varying temperatures. Factors that may alter these estimates include clothing or protective gear, the individual's health condition, and water conditions.

    Water Temperature Exhaustion Death
    32.5 Under 15 min. 15 min or less
    32.5-40 15-30 min 30-90 min.
    40-50 30-60 min 1-3 hrs.
    50-60 1-2 hrs. 1-6 hrs.
    60-70 2-7 hrs. 2-40 hrs.
    70-80 3-12 hrs. 3hrs-indefinite
  14. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Amanda, a magnificent, life-affirming blog! I was in 59 degree water for 1 hour and 40 minutes and my heart stayed in the healthy range, descending only to 94.9 degrees F.

    I must take exception with ViveBene's advice about movement keeping your warm.

    Actually, you want to adopt the Heat Escape Lessening Position, or H.E.L.P. Roll into a ball and tuck your hands into either the opposite arm pits or groin, which ever keeps you warmer. And try not to move at all.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_es...ening_position


    The following chart provides a general idea of survival times in water of varying temperatures. Factors that may alter these estimates include clothing or protective gear, the individual's health condition, and water conditions.

    Water Temperature Exhaustion Death
    32.5 Under 15 min. 15 min or less
    32.5-40 15-30 min 30-90 min.
    40-50 30-60 min 1-3 hrs.
    50-60 1-2 hrs. 1-6 hrs.
    60-70 2-7 hrs. 2-40 hrs.
    70-80 3-12 hrs. 3hrs-indefinite
    definitely going for the groin
  15. ViveBene's Avatar
    Mitigating factors:
    1. Training, especially mental ("Cold! Hah! I laugh at cold!")
    2. Things to take your mind offa ("Jellyfishies! Yikes!")
    3. Known termination of event ("It's there, I can see it...")
    4. Hot chocolate fed intravenously by handsome sea dogs ("I know my last feed was only 5 minutes ago...")
    5. The handsome sea dogs themselves.

    5k is scarcely long enough to taste the pleasures of the event!