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Category Archives: 2012 Season

How much for an open water swim?

February 14, 2014 | 2012 Season, 2014 Season | Permalink

Edit: Let me be clear: I am talking here about the cost for an open water event┬áto the swimmer, not to the organization putting on the swim. A fellow marathon swimmer made a comment to me recently that “$33/mile is not an outrageous amount” for an open water swim. On the surface, I think she […]

Swim the Suck race report, part III

October 18, 2012 | 2012 Season | Permalink

First part here. Second part here. OK, so lessons learned. Many lessons learned. I love being escorted. Not having to sight was wonderful. Feeds are nice, and I love the strawberry banana gu. StS gave out some new kind of feed in the goody bag. They are called Ignite Naturals. I haven’t tried them yet, […]

Swim the Suck race report, part II

October 16, 2012 | 2012 Season | Permalink

First part here. So, we all took off at the sound of the horn. I let a lot of the speedy swimmers, like Penny Palfrey and Martin Strel (!) head off first. I started out and a short time into the first few minutes I stopped to try and find Tony. I found him and […]

Swim the Suck race report, part I

October 15, 2012 | 2012 Season | Permalink

It’s been a long time coming, but here, finally, is my swim report from the fantastically fun Swim the Suck 10-mile swim. For those few of my readers out there who have no idea what Swim the Suck (StS) is, StS is a 10-mile swim down the Tennessee River north of Chattanooga, down stream to […]

Swim for the Potomac race report

September 19, 2012 | 2012 Season | Permalink

So, this past Sunday, 16 September, I swam the Swim for the Potomac 10K. Or, rather, I registered and started the race. I have yet to finish it. Flash forward from 08:40-ish, Sunday morning. Flash forward two hours. Consistent and irritating pain in my lower back. The kind that isn’t debilitating. If you’re walking on […]

Cedar Island 5K race report

August 27, 2012 | 2012 Season | Permalink

Spent a wonderful, yet quick, Sunday in South Jersey with two of my Marathon Swimmers Forum colleagues. As discussed in this blog post, I was clued in to a 5K not too far from where I live now. Yesterday I took part in the Cedar Island 5K, an awesome little (fewer than 100 swimmers) 5K […]

4K Open Water Swim Challenge…

August 1, 2012 | 2012 Season | Permalink

…or how to enjoy a triathlete-organized open water swim. This past Sunday, 29 July, I swam a 4K open water race in Little Elm, TX (great town btw), just outside Fort Worth. Good news up front: I swam it in 1:13.48. My goal was 1:20, based on 20:00 per 1000 meters, taking into consideration my […]