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The Manhatten Course – By Leroy the Procrastinator

July 2, 2008

OK just for a brief recap, for those who don’t know me, I’m Leroy ( yeah yeah you already know that!), Michelle’s, strange friend from across the pond, and yes I’m a procrastinator. I’m also an example of why you should not respond to people sying hello on MSN that you don’t know. Three years later, she’s still trying to get rid of me.

I had the privilege of updating Michelles website, when she made her swim across the channel, I still say it would have been easier to take the ferry, but nooooo she wouldn’t hear of it. She informed me that it would take about roughly 12 to 14 hours to cross. So therefore I thought there would be time in the middle to meet some friends for previous appointment, and allow the folks back in the US some nap time, and come back to report on final 6 hours of so. Nooooo Ms Macy decide’s to confound everyone and do one of the fastest times that year! 10 hours 2 minutes 🙂

So anyway as you can see from the map, this swim is 28 miles, 7miles longer than the channel swim. However as this will be done with the aid of the tide, Michelle is expecting to do it in roughly 9 hours. So adding what I know of michelle , I reckon knock an hour off that sucker… they’ll probally be checking her for hidden propellers.

Anyway the course details can by found at this link, but I have posted below a brief summary of what Michelle will be doing on the 7th.

The Course

The race starts and finishes at South Cove in Battery Park City on the Hudson River. Swimmers begin at South Cove, navigate around the Battery then head north up the East River, counter-clockwise around Manhattan Island. They swim north into the Harlem River, through Spuyten Duyvil, and then south down the Hudson River to the Battery. There are 4 check points: Hell’s Gate where the East River meets the Harlem River, Spuyten Duyvil where the Harlem River meets the Hudson River, the 79th Street Boat Basin in the Hudson River, and the World Financial Center.

I hoping she doesn’t follow the course I marked out, as thats actually 29.4 miles!

Anyway in conclusion , yet again I find myself amazed that I know someone, that does such amazing things, which inpires me, to get off my behind and hit the gym, which is a miracle if you know me 😛 All my best wishes and those of Chelsea Football Club, of which she is a proud fan ( OK that last bits a lie, but I’m 3000 miles away, so got a good head start 😉 )

OK heres a swimming poem to finish off,  an no I did not write it :), google is your friend, all hail the mighty google.


Swimming is feeling grace in water,
smoothly slipping thru light blue fluid,
propelled by kicking feet
and winged arms.
Measured breathing
in sync with rhythmic strokes,
swimming is a dance with slippery water,
my partner in physical exultation.

Harlan Simantel

PS It seems I have been informed that I did not try hard enough getting pics of Manhatten! Seriously guilts trips from 3000 miles away, butI adore her anyway 🙂 … So with acknowledgements to flickr, some gerat shots of the wonderful city, michelle will be circling :

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