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Category Archives: 2013 Season

2013 is done

December 31, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

So I finished 2013 better than the middle of 2013. Dear reader(s) know I had an interesting 2013, if by interesting you understand I mean DNF.  I’ve learned a lot in 2013. For one, I learned that if my wife accompanies me on a marathon swim, I DNF. I attempted two marathons in the last […]

Unlucky number (20)13

October 14, 2013 | 2013 Season, 2014 Season | Permalink

Well, if you’ve read more than a few posts here, dear reader(s), then you know 2013 was not my season. Compared to my first season in 2010 (Christiansborg Round 2K and Cyprus 5K), my second (Big Deuce 2-miler, Southern Zone 5K and Dart 10K), and last year (the Texas 4K, the NJ 5K, the Potomac 10K […]

Swim the Suck, 2013

October 8, 2013 | 2013 Season, Iconic marathon swim | Permalink

Dear reader(s) know how much I love this swim. My first swim past the 10K distance, as well as my first swim where I had someone navigating for me and feeding me. Loved. It. The river is wonderful, the organizer awesome and the other swimmers a blast. I looked so forward to swimming it this […]

Rest of the year

September 24, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

So, I did some math, which I’m capable of doing if everyone leaves me alone and it’s quiet and I have a calculator.  Amway, I’ve only swum 189.66 miles this year so far, counting last night’s awesomely fun masters workout. (Besides warm-up and cool-down, we did a timed 5 x 100 SCY swim, during which […]

SFTP Results

September 21, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

Results are in. I did the 3K in 58:40.  Daughter #1 did it in 21:38 (6 minutes slower than last year for some reason) and daughter #2 did her 1K+ in 34:53. Poor thing would have been near the top if she had just stuck to the course. I wonder if the 500m course was […]

SFTP map revealed!

September 20, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

I finally got my Garmin working, and have the map from my 3K (ha!) swim. Here’s the map: As you can see from the very start, the loop was a bit short of 3K. We started at a mutual starting point, the same one for all races, then swam toward our buoys, which for the […]

Finally finished a swim!

September 15, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

Dear reader(s), you know if you’ve read my infrequent blog posts this summer, that I’ve not had a successful swim season. From lack of preparedness to real life interfering with my swim schedule, I’ve not had much luck this year. In fact, until today, every race I entered I DNF’d. That’s not good. But today […]

Endless Summer Swim

August 16, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

Funny how sometimes swims just pop up. Got an email from the guys at WaveOne Swimming. In the email they mention the Endless Summer Swim, a 5K swim about 2.5 hours south of me. THIS WEEKEND! What?! Holy crap. I’m thinking of entering. They give you something like 3 hours to finish it. Might be […]

Lessons learned from Ocean City swim

July 25, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

Well, this 2013 season is turned into an interesting season. I’m not being very successful. Tampa Bay? We didn’t make it. END-Wet? I withdrew. Ocean City? Quit not even half-way. But I get ahead of myself. The reason for my failure at Ocean City is 99% my fault. I was not ready for the salt […]

Swim Ocean City, 9 miles

July 16, 2013 | 2013 Season | Permalink

I’ve found a local marathon swim that I’ll be attending this weekend. After having to drop out of END-Wet due to lack of preparation, I was glad there was a close swim to fill in the blank in my schedule. It’s been a long time since Tampa, so I’ve been itching to race. There are […]