The Lap Swim Contest Begins!

Last night was the beginning of the summer lap swim contest sponsored by NYC Parks & Rec. I have to swim at least 25 miles by August 29th. There’s also a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize for the man and the woman who swim the most miles in their division. I’m entered into the Night Owl division so only the laps I swim at night count. Last year I came in third.

I honestly don’t know if I’m going to stay in the contest. The woman who came in 1st place last year already said she isn’t going to do it. It’s fun at first, but then after a while it feels like a chore. But the party at the end is a blast! I’m torn. In any case, I’m entered so we shall see.

I can’t swim every night and I calculated that I need to swim 140 laps each time to make the 25 miles. I’d have to swim more than that to place 1st, 2nd or 3rd. I swam 200 laps last night. 224 is 2 miles so I’m off to a good start.

A mini-high school reunion with Jane and Daniel at the White Horse Tavern.

At the White Horse Tavern with Jane & Daniel

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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