Wow, what a swim. The currents were awesome, the anticipation of 'Hells Gate' petrifying, but on my swim the worry was in vain 😅
The scenery phenomenal, the water quality - uhmm well... I could see my hand in the water, no really I could, in between playing pick up sticks and lawn bowls with my head feeling like it was the jack receiving all the bowls 🤣
46+km passed by like a flash, quite literally. Well mostly, apart from the Harlem but even that wasn't as sluggish as I had antipicated.
Having gone around the island on the circle line ferry a couple of days prior was perfect. Albeit a little overwhelming and emotional, it gave me a great insight into what I was embarking upon and meant I even knew some of the land marks as I swam round, which was really very cool, and encouraging.
My team, what can I say: WONDERFUL ❤️❤️ things were a little different this swim as we gave all my feeds pre-made to my sensational paddler, Alex which freed Michael up to enjoy the journey and excel himself on keeping everyone informed with his new found career as social media extraordinaire 😍😘
I didn't get too much opportunity to hang with my skipper, Doug, his right hand man Keith, or our observer, Andi, but all were just lovely; very warm, positive, attentive and kind and kept Michael entertained throughout 😊
Alex, the world's most saught after paddler (Paul: Alex was also my paddler when I won the event in 2013), really was fantastic. I can't thank him enough for letting me sit diligently on his right thigh for the whole duration, while joining in and humouring me as I excitedly yelled out the number of each bridge as we journeyed under, almost loosing count once but then recalled Alex was eating at number 'ate' which I thought was pretty funny at the time ☺️😅 Phew no. 9 was next. I didn't want to loose count. I was enjoying ticking them off. Thanks for the suggestion Nicolo 👍
The Hudson only left me with bridge no. 20 so potentially was going to get a bit dull. But nope. It was beautiful and ever evolving including once we reached downtown Manhattan and it was BUMPY BUMPY BUMPY from all the marine traffic 😃😮😝
A truly EPIC swim which I am soooo happy to have participated in with the icing on the cake being the third jewel in my 'Triple Crown' of open water marathon swimming #150 to achieve it 😊
Thank you so so so much especially to Michael who not only supports me by coming along for the journey and feeding me on all the swims for hours on end, over night and in all conditions, but also, not only, puts up with all the hours I am away training, but encourages me. Thank you !!!
Also, to EVERYONE else, and I mean that... EVERYONE !!! From my training partners, including Maree & Sharon whom together formed the 'Manhattan Project' ✅
Neil and Bob who skippered countless Rottnest Channel crossing for me.
David who must have paddled at least 200hours by my side over the last couple of years.
Amanda, who not only paddled for me but traveled to LA to be by my side through Catalina.
Nicole, Cae, Leah and Emma who it was super special to share Manhattan with.
Paul and Vladimir who have both been wonderfully inspiring coaches and the great guys and gals at swim smooth who have so warmly let me gate crash their squad this year.
All you crazy, solid, forever supportive buddies at Polar Bears and B&B 😍
To my non-swimming friends who i'm sure think I'm crazy, but get just as excited as if it was them doing it.
To people all over the globe who surprise me with their interest and support ❤️
And... to the endless number of strangers who give up their days to support us on these sometimes ridiculously long adventures. You guys are the champions and keep me going !!
THANK YOU 😘😘😘