Attagirl Across Assawoman

Attagirl Across Assawoman

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Lisa Hertz, who finished second in this weekend’s 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim recalls her first marathon swim.

It was so much fun and silly looking back at it. I was training for my first Great Chesapeake Bay Swim and reading [Lynne Cox‘s] Swimming to Antarctica at the same time. I really knew nothing about feeding, nutrition, currents or anything. I wanted to do a swim similar to the bay, so my dad and I thought it would be fun to swim from Ocean Pines to Ocean City in Assawoman Bay. It was a little over three miles [one way]. Rather than figuring out coordinating dropping off and picking up, my dad suggested we swim both ways.

My feeds were two Roaring Waters Capri Suns. We hit major chop at the Isle of Wight island on the return leg. My dad was amazed that I kept going as he had trouble with the kayak
.”

But she finished the 6.7-mile course in 2 hours 55 minutes, setting off a cascade of future open water swims and marathon events.

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