July 29th, 2008
This past Saturday I finished my first-ever Alcatraz swim – the Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions. The swim starts by jumping off a ferry right next to the island of Alcatraz in the San Francisco bay and finishes in Aquatic Park. To me it was more of a fun experience than a race. I took my time and enjoyed the swim rather than trying to get my fastest time possible. It was pretty incredible to be swimming in the middle of the bay – after looking into the cold, dark, murky water of the bay, I would turn my head to take a breathe and catch a glimpse of the island of Alcatraz; then on the next breath I would see the Golden Gate Bridge; then the San Francisco skyline. Very cool. And luckily, the sharks didn’t find me so I came out in one piece. And when we got out, they were serving up free clam chowder for all the swimmers, which was pretty unique.
I finished in about 45 minutes (by my watch), and ended up finishing 56th overall in the open wetsuit division (36th in the men’s open wetsuit division). Not bad! Here are the official results.
I put a few pictures up on Flickr and here are a few of me from the “official” photographer: