Sunday, Jan 2nd I had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. This 3.1 mile open water swim supports the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. In addition to the entry fee, swimmers are asked to raise $1,000 for the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. This is a charity event to benefit the families of wounded or fallen Navy SEALs. Each swimmer would have a kayaker as an escort for the course, just in case anyone got in trouble in the 54 degree water.
We were in Heat #2 and as you can see, it was just a little crowded. For the first mile it was very rough, we had waves coming at us from all directions, as the wind was blowing the water up onto a sea wall, only to have those waves come back at us.
Each swimmer had a swim cap on, marked with a number. Soon after our heat started, I lost sight of my swimmer. His cap came off and I wasn’t sure if it was him or not. I found myself next to a swimmer with no kayaker, so I stuck with him. As I could see Carlos ahead of me, and he was swimming next to another guy, that had a kayaker, I stuck with this new swimmer until his kayaker showed up. I soon caught up with Carlos, who was tearing it up.