Felipe Prado finished 13th among 149 overall finishers in the 24 km Traverssia 14 Bis. His 5 hour 4 minute swim was well behind the record-setting effort of in 4 hours 21 minutes.
But he finished third in his 25-29 age division and had a unforgettable time.
“The race takes place on a channel that separates Guarujá (Island of Santo Amaro) from the mainland near São Paulo.
We were dropped at one end of the island and swam towards the mainland 24 km away. We had a flood tide at the start and an ebb tide on our arrival, but we still faced a bit against the current in the middle due to the time it takes to get there.”
The challenge was part of the allure for Prado and the rest of the field. “It was much harder than expected as this was my first race at this distance. Even though I had participated in the event as kayak support crew for four years, it was different swimming in the race. During my training, I got up to a 12-km swim in dams, but I never felt such pain as I felt in the Traverssia. It began with threats of a cramp in right big toe during the initial 30 minutes of the race. I had anxiety and stress during the first 10 km when we swam through very shallow areas with rocks and all kinds of things in the water. We needed to pay close attention to our support boats. Later, I do not know what caused it, but it was incredibly painful from 3 hours onwards.”
Ultimately, the pain was masked with joy.
“The race was incredibly fun since the day before when I teamed up with my training partner and our two friends who supported us in the race with their kayaks. It was constant laughter until the start. Rogerio Santos Soares finished his fifth race, completely another excellent race with a 4 hours 41 minute swim. We all look forward to next year’s race in 2013 on November 30th.”
Top 10 overall finishers in the 24 km Traverssia 14 Bis:
1. Marcos Campos De Sa Rodrigues, 4 hours 22 minutes
2. Raul Porto, 4 hours 24 minutes
3. Samir B. Barel, 4 hours 31 minutes
4. Rogerio Santos Soares, 4 hours 41 minutes
5. Thais Fernandes Sant’ana, 4 hours 47 minutes
6. Claudio Eduardo Storti Lago, 4 hours 50 minutes
7. Diogo Milani Zoppi, 4 hours 52 minutes
8. Matheus de Sousa Santos, 4 hours 58 minutes
9. Tiago Nobuyuki sato, 5 hours 0.17 minutes
10. Helio Armani Neto, 5 hours 0.21 minutes
Top 10 women in the 24 km Traverssia 14 Bis:
1 Thais Fernandes Sant’ana, 4 hours 47 minutes
2. Mabilia Gomes Felicio, 5 hours 15 minutes
3. Ana Licia Maki Sudo, 5 hours 16 minutes
4. Diana Negrao Cavalcanti, 5 hours 17 minutes
5. Mariana Mello, 5 hours 22 minutes
6. Salonica Goncalves Rosa Nogueira, 5 hours 27 minutes
7. Cristiane Sales, 5 hours 31 minutes
8. Giuliana Braga, 5 hours 36 minutes
9. Natalia Moraes, 5 hours 55 minutes
10. Vanessa Mieko Vilhena Nogueira, 5 hours 59 minutes
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