Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's official!

Yesterday Josh and Goody got the affidavits signed and authenticated, and I sent all my paperwork and payment in to the International Ice Swimming Association for full legitimacy and validation of my ice mile swim.  This morning I got an email from Ram welcoming me to the club and the results are posted online.  It's official: I'm the 66th person to have swam an ice mile with the organization, and the 13th American.  Some other interesting stats:

As of today....

  • My time was the 11th fastest out of 84 swims
  • My swim was the 4th coldest out of 84 swims
  • Only 25% of the 66 swimmers are female.  The rest are male swimmers.  Let's step it up ladies!
  • Out of the 84 swims, there are 17 swimmers who've done it more than once.  Ram has the record number of ice mile swims with 6 total.
  • Out of the 84 swims, the first and only swim for the first year of the IISA existing was in 2009,  6 swims in 2010, 18 swims in 2011, 24 swims in 2012.  For 2013, there are currently 25 swims, with I believe more that are in review and possibly more to be swam in the next two weeks.
I've been asked three time already if I would ever do it again.  The first answer was "I haven't ruled it out."  The second answer was "I'd like to. But next year."  My latest is "Yes, I will do it again, however I'll do it when it's closer to the 41 degree line."

As for this morning's swim, I came up with this one on the fly:

200 free easy
400 kick with fins
600 - 3 x 200 IMs no rest
800 - 8 x 100's free on 1:30 all under 1:20
1000 pull large paddles
1200 - 200 kick, 2 x 200 IMs, 3 x 200 free on 3:00
1000 pull agility paddles
800 - 8 x 100's free on 1:30 all under 1:20

600 - 3 x 200 IMs no rest
400 kick with fins
200 free easy

7,200 yards in 2:00

Cathi had my key to the gym this morning so I'm lifting at noon today.  Feeling great!  Weird that my legs and feed still have traces of tingling.  Nothing painful or worrisome, but noticeable. 

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