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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

woensdag 30 november 2005

Ack! The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim information is finally online, but the fees are astronomical! Tampa Bay is $675, and Manhattan Island is TWELVE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. The prices include the powered escort boats, which I suppose is why they're so high, but still, YIKES. I really want to do both swims, but I might have to rethink this.

At first glance, Manhattan seems, overwhelmingly, to be the obvious race to drop. $1250 entry fee, plus a plane ticket, hotel and transportation fees, arranging a four-hour qualifying swim... it's a lot of trouble. Plus, there's a 9h30m time cutoff, which averages out to a 3mph swim, which is really very fast - that would mean holding a pace of 20-minute 1500m swims for the entire day. I'm assuming, therefore, that there must be a certain amount of current in the swimmers' favor, and I've emailed to see exactly how much of a factor that will be (especially seeing as the 2004 swimmers had times of 7h16m, 7h30m, etc.). But the water temperature on race day in Manhattan is usually around 65 degrees, which is close to that of the Channel (they even require a four-hour qualifying swim in cold water), so I really wanted to do it; it's as close as I can get in America to what the Channel would be like. Not to mention the prestige factor - they only allow 25 solo competitors per year.

Tampa, on the other hand, would be much easier. A four-hour drive, one night in a hotel, no mention of plane tickets or qualifying swims - it's definitely doable. The difference is (a) there is essentially no current, meaning the times will be more like 9-12 hours, and (b) the water temperature will be around 75 degrees - just a little colder than the average pool - so it won't have much effect in the way of Channel preparations.

So I don't know. I just don't know.


Blogger Robin said...

I know you love to swim,Jess,but this just sounds like torture to me. Swimming for 9 hours? I can't even swim for 9 minutes!!!!!
I don't have any advice for you,sorry. I would personally run from this kind of thing. It sounds too difficult. I'm no help,am I??????

30/11/05 15:11  

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