Swim Ocean City, 9 miles, 20 July 2013

IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
edited May 2013 in Event Announcements
Just heard about this race from the local tri club. There are actually three races, 1-, 3- and 9-miles. July 20th. This is an inaugural race, so no historical data to mine.

http://crossingcurrentsaquatics.com/swim-ocean-city/

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  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
    The feed setup is kind of funky (feed stations at 3/6/8 mile marks), anyone who comes in at the cutoff (7 hours) is looking at 2+ hours between feeds, which would not be a lot of fun.
    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    And no escort kayaks allowed.
  • IronMike said:

    And no escort kayaks allowed.

    Screw that, then. I don't want to go 3 miles between feeds.
  • HtimsjHtimsj Member
    You'd think any organizer would think safety first.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    The lack of escort kayaks has nothing to do with safety here.
    They swim parallel to the beach, They even warn: 'if swimmers would inadvertently touch the shoreline they may not advance forwards and leave the surf for the beach.'

    So safety in that aspect isn't the issue here.
    Dehydration and depletion of energy will be.
    The swimmer with a buddy walking along the beach with a good throwing arm has the best chance of winning.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    You can probably swim with a bottle of something down the back of your suit. I've done that before and it worked out fine.
  • One thing about Ocean City, MD beaches: In places it is fairly shallow with a shallower area about 50 yards out. At low tide it can be pretty rough to get out past the breakers. Also, the secondary shallow part seems to meander a bit and you can find yourself suddenly in breakers when you thought you were clear.
    About 10 or 12 years ago I was in a race there (5 k) at very low tide and the lifeguards had to rescue 30-some people due to the roughness. I was thrown into a 15 year old girl and knocked her half-unconscious. I ended up dragging her out of the water and bagging the race.
    - LBJ
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
  • dc_in_sf said:

    The feed setup is kind of funky (feed stations at 3/6/8 mile marks), anyone who comes in at the cutoff (7 hours) is looking at 2+ hours between feeds, which would not be a lot of fun.

    Just a thought: I did do the 5k the year after the race mentioned in my last post. It was high tide and the current was with us. I did the 5K in 1:12, which meant a strong pushing current. Under those conditions, perhaps it's doable without exceptional pain for a decent number of people.

    -LBJ

    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
  • FrancoFranco Member
    Rule # 11 says that individual escorts will not be provided but that you may bring your own. I emailed RD and they will be posting separate results for wetsuit and non-wetsuit finishers.

    I think I will probably sign up. It is too close to pass up and it will be nice to support a local group that have put a lot of effort into making this happen.

    @IronMike This should make a nice lead-up swim to C3.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    @Franco, not sure I'll be recovered from END-Wet by 20 July!
  • IronMike said:

    @Franco, not sure I'll be recovered from END-Wet by 20 July!

    If I can recover from Kingdom Swim July 6 and make END-WET July 13, you can recover to swim in Ocean City on the 20th.
  • CoreyCorey Member
    The event is for my doctor's program and I am the race director. I just found this site and if you have any questions/concerns I will see what I can do to answer them. We have changed the rule to allow a person to bring a kayak and we will also assist in finding you a kayak if you can not. We are not providing them but will allow them.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    @Corey Great work. Admitting 'mistakes' and amending them.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • CoreyCorey Member
    edited June 2013
    @Niek this entire process is going to be new to me and I am looking for any suggestions/help I can get to improve. I hope to do this every year so I will take all criticism to heart and try to improve it for next year. I did not get the necessary gov approvals until late April/early May so I have been very time crunched. I started in November 2012 and thought that was enough time.....little did I know
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    @Corey, welcome to the forums and so glad you've started this swim. It is nice and close but unfortunately my season is set, otherwise I'd be there.
  • CoreyCorey Member
    @IronMike....what other swims are you doing? I am fairly new to the swimming community and do not know about many. I have done the Chesapeake Bay before and the Potomac this year. Always looking to put another goal on the horizon....
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    @Corey, I'm doing END-Wet in ND, C3 in NJ and Swim the Suck in TN.
  • CoreyCorey Member
    I hope it warms up for the swim....I did a ocean swim today and froze! Was only in for about 45 minutes and was in bad shape. I was wishing that I wore my hood and long sleeve suit!
  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member
    @Corey I picked a terrible year to move to the West Coast. Nonetheless, I'm really excited for your event and wish you the best. OCMD is where I fell in love with the ocean as a kid, and swam my first open water events there (tris) about 15 years later. Made it back there last weekend from Seattle for a wedding and despite the redeye flight, 3 hour car ride, and heavy north wind on Friday morning, I still chose to swim an hour rather than nap.

    Do it, @corey! Make OW swimming big in the coastal Mid-Atlantic!
    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    Sounds like an interesting event! Love point to point swims
  • CoreyCorey Member
    It is shaping up to be a fun event....I am hoping for good weather and favorable conditions this year!
  • FrancoFranco Member
    @Corey
    Any lodging suggestions? Should I assume somewhere in South OC? It looks like race will be starting/check-in there regardless of direction we swim.

    If we swim North, will transportation be provided back to start?
  • CoreyCorey Member
    @ Franco Transportation will be provided for the swimmers. The Comfort Inn is a sponsor for the race but I do not know what their availabilty is or the price range. They are on 5th street and th Boardwalk http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-ocean_city-maryland-MD064 You can check availability online.
  • I grew up in Ocean City and lived there until after graduate school. I have friends organizing the swim, but couldn't correspond my visit home with the swim...hopefully next year. But a 9 mile swim WITH current could be a piece of cake...we always did a one mile race with the current and one year we were all coming in at 15 minutes! It was extreme that year, but generally there is a pretty good current helping you out. The temperature should be pretty perfect too, mid-70s. Put some gu in your suit if you are worried about feeding, but anyone who should be competing in a 9 mile race should be well trained enough to go 3 miles before a good feed. It's only 9 miles, with the current.
    After swimming along that coast MANY times for races and training, starting in 1997, I would say at this time of year my biggest worry would be jellyfish. Jellyfish around there that time of year can get in big clumps. While racing about 5 years ago, we swam through a jellyfish cloud for at least 1/4 mile, maybe more. It was miserable...they are like mild stings all over. When I was up a few weeks ago, there weren't any stinging jellies, just the "sea jellies" that don't sting but still aren't very pleasant to swim through. Then there is still the risk of a really big jelly, but that only happened to me once, when I was 17, and that was up a little further north, in Rehoboth. If the water is comfortably warm, there is a higher risk of them.
    As for lodging, the Francis Scott Key in West Ocean City is good for value and comfort. Anything you get in Ocean City is going to be filled with vacationers, especially if you stay south of 30th street. North Ocean City (north of 67th) would be quieter but more expensive. Other options are Salisbury (45 minutes away, could have business deal discounts) and Fenwick Island/Bethany Beach. If I were coming from out of town, I'd personally stay at a Delaware Beach. Maybe it's just from living there, but I don't care from the touristy-ness of Ocean City. Delaware Beaches are much quieter and more pleasant for relaxing.
    I'm sad I am missing the swim....everyone is asking me if I am swimming in it, but I'm down in Florida now and already made my visit up to Maryland. Oh well, like I said...next year...good luck to everyone! (I promise the tourists and jellyfish aren't really bad...just sharing advice!!)
  • CoreyCorey Member
    It was unseasonably cold yesterday and water temps have been varying dramatically. Yesterday we had "patches" that were really cold but overall it was only about 63-65 degrees in the surf. The most important part was everyone was safe and accounted for with only a couple of mild hypothermia cases.
  • FrancoFranco Member
    I had a great time Corey. Water temp was cool but refreshing under those sunny skies. I was a little surprised though with the chill when we first entered the water.

    Proud to call @Corey my new friend. Keep on inspiring others buddy. Please let your volunteers know how much we appreciate them. A special thanks to Ocean City Beach Patrol. Looking forward to returning in 2014.

    I got a note from Dave S - you are now 1 of only 20
    people that are recorded officially to have swam the full length of
    Ocean City.

    Pretty cool!
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
    Just curious how much push was there from the current?
    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
  • FrancoFranco Member
    Very little if any assist based on times. I had expected it to be a much quicker 9 miles. It was a challenging swim especially for the roughly 8-10 of us who went without wetsuits.
  • CoreyCorey Member
    @Franco I am very lucky to have met a bunch of great people through my journey since my accident....yourself included! I am very proud to have you as a friend and also a participant in my swim
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    edited July 2013
    @Corey, it was great to meet you and it was good to see old friends @Franco and @jcmalick.

    I have a different take on this swim, which I outline in my blog. It was a failure for me, 99% my fault. There were safety concerns which I brought up with the organizers (that's the 1%). Frankly, I'm happy nothing really bad happened to anyone beyond slight hypothermia.

    My faults were: not ready for the salt; not ready for the waves; not ready for the cold; hurt my back the week prior. These are all things I could train to prevent.

    I made it 4.1 miles before quitting. And that alone took me 2:30. Right now, if you asked me to join in a swim in the ocean of even only a mile, and you paid my way and put me up, I'd say no. Just the thought of another ocean swim (now) turns my stomach.

    And I don't think I'll EVER do a long swim like that again without a kayaker. Add that to my list of mistakes.

    There was a bright side. My kids and wife were playing on the beach when these three guys in white shirts ran by. Literally, ran by only two feet away. image Knowing that there are guys out there capable of that and doing it for such a wonderful charity made my weekend.
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
    I think reading about unsuccessful swims is a really valuable resource for folk who are looking at doing different swims. Thanks for writing up your experience @IronMike
    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
  • CoreyCorey Member
    @IronMike I do appreciate the input and I do hope to have this event again with changes that I want to implement. The water was unseasonably cold and rough in the beginning of the swim. I did not make it past the early stages to get where the water got calmer even though it stayed cold.
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