OK, so Russian swims are multiplying over here. I just keep finding them! I am so freaking excited. Such a difference from last time I was here.
Last time I was here (2009-2012), I had heard of a nautical mile swim just outside of Moscow from the lifeguard at the embassy pool. I tried twice to participate in that swim, but the organizers never answered my emails. Fine.
But now, holy crap! I’ve found 6. SIX! Seriously, awesome! Swims from a nautical mile to 12k, from Moscow all the way east (nine time zones away!) in Vladivostok. I mean…wow! So nice that the Russians are embracing open water.
Only issue so far is wetsuits. Two swims are organized by an organization whose rules about wetsuits are kinda lame. Bottom line: if the water is 20C or under, wetsuits are mandatory for their 3K and 5K swims. Yuck. I hate wetsuits.
But…their nautical mile swims are wetsuit-optional. Even better, the organizers said I could sign up for the mile and if the water is above 20 on swim day, I can switch to the 5K. So that’s my plan for 27 May, which is perfect as that swim is only 15km from my house! The swim is in a rowing venue, artificial lake created for rowing events.
I am so damn excited. Even better, the organizers are so excited to have a foreigner take part in their events. I hope to make some Russian friends through these swims. What an exciting time to be stationed in Russia!