I am jumping back to Thursday afternoon here, because I forgot to post about the blue brick ceremony. The blue bricks challenge is only quasi-supported by the National Academy (maybe because their pool is only six measly lanes wide!). The FBI paint shop does create the bricks but a student needs to coordinate everything and the presentation ceremony was entirely set up and run by students as well. Richard from Louisiana stepped up for our class and arranged everything; he did an excellent job. We had four guys complete 100 mile swims. I don’t remember the exact total, but there were around 75 people who earned a blue brick in my class, which explains why the pool was so crowded all the time. That is apparently one of the highest, if not the highest, percentage of students completing the 34 miles. Richard added up the total miles and it came to 3,723 miles swum by FBI National Academy session 246. For a point of reference, I google mapped the distance from Central Park in New York to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, that comes to 2910 road miles; the distance would be a lot less as the crow flies. I am not sure if this total includes the miles swum by those who did not complete the challenge or if it is only those who completed the challenge.
The pics are kind of washed out because my lens kept fogging, it is very humid in the pool room.
Today we went on our field trip to the National Archives. We were only at the Archives themselves for about thirty minutes, then we had from 10:30 until 2:45 to ourselves. I went with a group down to the American History Museum. They have a temporary 9/11 exhibit set up but the line to get in was ridiculous and they were only allowing small groups in at a time. None of us opted to wait in the line. We basically decided on a meet time to head back and did the museum each person on their own. It was kind of nice, I have been to American History a couple times now but this time I slowed down, only did a couple of the halls, but actually took the time to read everything, push all the multi-media buttons, and not hurry on to the next thing. About the only other thing I did today was a 3.5 mile run.
I realized today I am now in the week of lasts. This was my last Saturday at the National Academy. Monday morning will be my last PT session and Tuesday will be my last academic class. This is not my last blog post yet, though, so stay tuned.