Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about how Warren Gove of Middletown, Md., was set to compete for the first time in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York.
The 51-year-old Gove, who trains at the Hagerstown YMCA, seemed confident about his fitness, but a tad bit nervous about the challenge - 28 1/2 miles of nonstop swimming without a wetsuit in 65-degree water with a time limit of only 9 1/2 hours. He had never swum farther than 4.4 miles at one time.
Now, there's a Part 2 to the story.
Gove did it.
He was one of 20 solo swimmers to officially complete the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in the pouring rain Saturday. He finished eighth overall and first among 50-and-older competitors in 8 hours, 10 minutes, 42 seconds.
"It was a long day," Gove said. "It still hasn't sunk in yet, to be honest with you."