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by , July 13th, 2011 at 08:09 AM (2160 Views)
What a week it has been so far! We have had perfect weather... hot and sunny mostly as summers in NY typically are. All the swimmers and kayakers and boat crews have exceeded my expectations and I'm so honored by their enthusiastic support of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim!

For many of the swimmers, the stages they participated in were the longest swims they have ever done... and all against the clock as the unforgiving afternoon flood tide waits patiently for the chance to battle and thwart our progress.

I knew stage 5 (Bear Mt Bridge to Tappan Zee) would likely be the biggest challenge of the week... this statement is possibly premature, as there are still 2 stages to go. Rondi, Janet and I did a test run of this stage with Captain Greg Porteus, and Mates Wayne and Ritchie a few weeks ago, and we fell a bit short... 3 miles of the Tappan Zee. The data gained was useful, and we were able to adjust our plan to give us the best chance for success yesterday.

We all gave it our best shot, and John (who swam yesterday as well) and Tobey (who will be swimming Catalina in a week) both powered their way to the finish. I resigned at about 9.5 hours with .2 miles to go... but my progress was slowed to a rate of <.1 miles/ 30 minutes. It became clear that I would have at least another hour if I was going to make it at all.

Knowing that John finished, and Tobey was ever closer satisfied me... the stage was a success, even if my own efforts fell short, and I was able to resign a few hundred yards short of passing through the Tappan Zee's shadow.

I will splash today, where I left off... adding a little bit extra to stage 6 and continue the attempt to complete the 120 miles. No Stage 5 ribbon for me, but I'm feeling good physically. We wind down to just 2 swimmers for the next 2 days. This will be much easier logistically, but I will miss the company and camaraderie. It had been a joyus week!

I will write up a more detailed report of each stage once Rondi and I have a chance to review and debrief.

http://tarrytown.patch.com/articles/...days-120-miles

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  1. jaadams1's Avatar
    Hey, even if you didn't completely finish the distance, you still earn a big from all of us. It's amazing what you guys are doing, and having to battle the timing of the tides seems really tough to do.
    20 miles at a time is a huge feat, and to be able to do that multiple days in a row is even better.
    You guys rock!
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Dave,

    This has been an amazing feat of swimming, logistics, teamwork and passion. It's been fun to read it. If you ever do this again, I definitely want to try to swim at least 1 leg with you guys.
  3. Bobinator's Avatar
    This is an amazing event you have organized Dave! I have enjoyed following your progress and listening to the amazing accounts of some of the swims!
  4. chaos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Hey, even if you didn't completely finish the distance, you still earn a big from all of us. It's amazing what you guys are doing, and having to battle the timing of the tides seems really tough to do.
    20 miles at a time is a huge feat, and to be able to do that multiple days in a row is even better.
    You guys rock!
    we really caught good currents today... Stage 6: 15.8 miles. Rondi: 3hrs 42min David 3hrs 53min.

    I'm glad we caught a break after yesterday!

    (i made up the .2 miles!)
  5. ViveBene's Avatar
    Eight Bridges - the most romantic of swims! Congratulations on continuation of swim, conceiving of it in the first instance, bringing it to fruition. I've really enjoyed Swimsuit Addict's novelettes about her swims - water picnics and tour guide, and am glad to see you add a chapter. Swimmers will quit their jobs in droves and move east for the opportunity to do this swim.
  6. chaos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Dave,

    This has been an amazing feat of swimming, logistics, teamwork and passion. It's been fun to read it. If you ever do this again, I definitely want to try to swim at least 1 leg with you guys.
    Thanks Patrick, It would be a pleasure to introduce you to our little river!
  7. chaos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobinator
    This is an amazing event you have organized Dave! I have enjoyed following your progress and listening to the amazing accounts of some of the swims!
    There are so many people who put in lots of effort to pull this off... Rondi especially. I will recap each of the seven stages. We learned a lot along the way!
  8. chaos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene
    Eight Bridges - the most romantic of swims! Congratulations on continuation of swim, conceiving of it in the first instance, bringing it to fruition. I've really enjoyed Swimsuit Addict's novelettes about her swims - water picnics and tour guide, and am glad to see you add a chapter. Swimmers will quit their jobs in droves and move east for the opportunity to do this swim.
    There is indeed something romantic about swimming under a bridge! Someone once said "build it and they will come" (didn't they?)