Earlier today, 64-year old Diana Nyad became the first person to ever swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. It took her 53+ hours to make the 110-mile journey. (More.)
Also earlier today, I joined Tom Richardson, Carrie Bryant and several of their famiky and friends for a swim sans shark cages. Our swim was from Mercer Island to Leschi — 1.8 miles — and it took a fair bit less than 53 hours.
We started the day off at a park underneath the I-90 Bridge where, naturally, Ronnie had her camera out:
The group took a few “before” pics
and then got things going:
I did the 3 km swim in about 50-55 minutes
while Ronnie and the kids followed on in a boat, the former snapping pics of other swimmers
our other boat
and, of course, the kids:
I was the first one out of the water
and finished well ahead of the pack — so far ahead, in fact (>30 minute), that I swam back onto the boat, watched everyone else swim in, took a few pics with the kids
and then jumped back in again to swim another half mile.
Things got a bit sideways after that. The logistics of getting back to Mercer Island from Leschi with our gear dry weren’t easy and they ended up with me swimming from the boat to the shore pulling a Statue of Liberty with the car keys. From there it was off to Madison Park for lunch at McIlvra’s and some time at Madison Park, where Reese struck a few poses:
It wasn’t 110 miles and we won’t make CNN, but it was a pretty darn good way to end the summer.
And just a guess, but me thinks a new tradition was born.