Looking beyond New York marathon, I entered the lottery for a race that takes place in June every year down in Maryland called the Great Bay Swim. It is a 4.4 mile swim in the Chesapeake Bay and it is exactly what I was looking for in terms of a "big" swim in the early summer of 2011. The first round lottery pick is tomorrow, Nov 4th and I'll be anxiously waiting for an email to find out if I am one of the chosen 700 or so. If chosen, the swimmers have 48 hours to submit proof of an open water swim of at least 1 mile or a signed certificate by a lifeguard verifying that you swam 3 miles in the pool in under 2.5 hours (or around there). I had a small panic attack last week when I realized that my tri swim was 1500m which is the metric equivalent of a swim mile, but actually only 0.9mi. I was losing my mind for a minute when I literally looked up and spotted my medal from the Lavallette 1 mile Ocean Swim that I did this summer. WHEW.
Keep your fingers crossed for me tomorrow!