Saturday, April 20, 2013

Test Swim

"It's not what you know,
It's who you know"

Couldn't be more true for me on Friday.
In this case (and many others), my "who" was Joel.
Joel knows a LOT of people and also happens to be close friends with the legendary Bob Roper.
And when you're friends with Bob, you get to do some very cool things - including "test swims".

For those of you that don't participate in ocean swims - "test swims" involve throwing out a small group of swimmers into the water the day before an event to confirm the jump time and course.

On Friday, our "test swim" was an Alcatraz to the South End Rowing Club (SERC) showers...
And it was amazing.

Thank you so much Joel and Bob.
And thanks to all those that shared the water with me (Nancy, Randy, Gabor, Jim, Lezlee, Denise, the Arizona swimmers, Kathy and Susan from the SERC and the crew of the Hyperfish).

We did know that this big guy was passing through.
  Thanks go to Jeff  for driving me to/from HMB, for keeping us straight, safe, and for the pictures.


  1. John that is so awesome!
    Mike told us about that at coffee on Saturday. Very exciting!!!
    A few of us will be coming up for an Alcatraz in mid-May. It would be cool if we get to see you! :)

  2. Wow, John!!! Fan-freaking-tastic!!! So glad you were able to go out on this test swim!!

  3. Hey John,
    Just swam with Mike tonight (in Bakersfield) and he told me about your 'escape' say I'm impressed, is an understatement! Our shot at it will be on the 19th. Keep on swimmin!
    PS: those brownies looked pretty tasty also :o)

  4. A-mazing. p.s. I'm going to disagree with "SharkBait"... Those brownies look pretty horrible. LOL!