Non- MSF documented marathon swim plan
So my coach and I are planning a 15-ish mile swim (changed route from original). We haven't had success in finding an observer, and we're planning for Monday, so although I plan to wear only a basic swimsuit, cap, and goggles,
So although we haven't an official observer, we plan to document it as best we can. I don't necessarily need the official recognition; it's more a personal goal--to swim a double-digit distance. It's a challenge and involves something I love doing in any case. If we don't get an observer, it'll still be an amazing adventure, and in the future, I hope to do some more marathon swims, officially listed, whenever possible.
But here's my question. What's your experience with doing non-MSF documented swims, just for the adventure (again, with doing all possible to follow MSF rules--I think if I should later want to do a documented swim, I want to know I can do so)? Is it an oddity or do people regularly do swims not for documentation? My body will know I've done it--my coach who will also be my crew plans to keep a record of my distance and whatever details will show what I've done.
I see it as an experience, a challenge, and a joy--whether it's documented or not. However, I do wonder how people generally approach such swims.
PS Will let you folks know about the route once I get the updated map. I'm just praying for kind weather (I know, wimpy of me, but I'm working my way into more experience with marathon swimming.)