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New York, New York
United States
Manhattan Islan Foundation
75F / 24C
Total Time = 34m 3s
Overall Rank = 63/171
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Took a cab from Brooklyn w/LazyMarathoner, met my dad who'd come to watch the race. Had a gel 15 minutes before the start.

Considered double-capping and decided not to. Got into my suit with about 15 minutes to go and waited
Event warmup:

No warmup.
  • 34m 3s
  • 2288 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

The water was freezing when I jumped in. My hands felt numb at first, the the bodyglide residue on my hands turned thick and tacky-feeling. Weird.
We started out, and I headed right for the buoy, but had to pause to start my watch, which I'd forgotten to do. Little bit of a washing machine at the start.
I did a great job of navigating to the first buoy and cut the turn so close to it that I could smell the plastic. :)
From there it was a mostly straight shot downriver. At one point, I noticed that I wasn't swimming in a pack anymore and realized that it was because I was about 50ft off course. I corrected my course, got back in the pack and started passing a lot of people. The water was still pretty cold, but I felt ok. Breathing was good and my arms felt ok, even though I was going at a fairly good pace. Swallowed a couple of gulps but nothing major.
At about the 3/4 point, the water got really choppy and I had to time my sighting to make sure I was on top of a wave. Made the last turn really close to the marker again, and got funneled into a crowded little channel which became an even bigger washing machine than the start. I think I hit someone in the head, got kicked in the ear. Finally hit the ramp and got my medal and a hose-down.
What would you do differently?:

I wish I hadn't gone off course. That probably cost me a minute or two, but otherwise it was fine.
Post race
Warm down:

Chatted w/Lazymarathoner, had some fruit and coffee, got my swag bag (which was awesome, by the way) and my t-shirt and went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really. I think, other than the slight navigation problem, this was a good race.

Event comments:

This is my first swimming race and my first event with the Manhattan Island Foundation. I had a blast. A lot of their races are really long, and that's out of my league, but I'd definitely do this event and other Manhattan Island Foundation events. It was really fun.

Last updated: 2009-04-25 12:00 AM
00:34:03 | 2288 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/171
Performance: Good
I didn't wear a HRM, but I felt pretty comfortable the whole race.
Suit: 2XU Comp II (full)
Course: About 400y east to a buoy, then south about a mile to a small marina in Battery Park. We had to avoid a couple of piers along the way, and then make a hard left turn into the marina.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-23 8:30 PM

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Brooklyn, NY
Subject: Great Hudson River Swim

2009-05-24 10:52 PM
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Long Beach, CA
Subject: RE: Great Hudson River Swim
Congrats on getting through this - I'm sure the water was ridiculously cold. Think we need to come up with a name for you and  howmanycrazyracescanwedo duo!
2009-05-25 5:55 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Great Hudson River Swim
Great work Jonah!!  Nice job in the cold smelly river!!

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