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Category Archives: 2014 Season

Harborfest results

August 20, 2014 | 2014 Season | Permalink

Good news! Results are in for the 5K I did right before departing for Bishkek. Even greater news: I got first place in my age group! How about those apples. I was also the oldest there, so boo-yah! Now, before you get all impressed, know that my time, according to the website, was 2:15. I […]

HarborFest Tri Swims 5K

August 11, 2014 | 2014 Season | Permalink

This’ll be a quick after-action report on my 5K yesterday in the waters of the Potomac at National Harbor, MD. BLUF: A great time was had by Iron Mike! I signed up for this swim in the hopes I’d get one more swim in before departing for Kyrgyzstan AND it would spur me on to […]

Finally, a race

July 14, 2014 | 2014 Season | Permalink

OK, I probably just jinxed myself. So prepare for a later blog entry entitled something like Dammit, I jinxed myself. But just in case my saying I jinxed myself unjinxes the jinx, I’ll tell you what the hell I’m talking about. I signed up for a race! Yee-haw! Haven’t raced (outside) since last year. I […]

Swim meet with Triathletes

March 3, 2014 | 2014 Season, Coaching | Permalink

Dear reader(s) know that I have a bit of a laugh occasionally at triathletes’ expense. What with swimming with pull buoys during 2-mile open water swims, or standing up and walking in the shallows. But today I got to experience triathletes at their sportsmen’s best. And that made me very proud to be a coach. […]

Another Open Water swim in the area

February 19, 2014 | 2014 Season | Permalink

Friend of the blog and awesome marathon swimmer Franco Prezioso tipped me off on a new OW swim in this area. It’s called the Choptank Bridge Swim (yeah, I know, strange name), in Columbia, MD, and there are two swims available. You have the choice of the short swim (their name) of 1.6 miles or […]

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 to 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 […]

Nanticoke River Swim

February 6, 2014 | 2014 Season | Permalink

My new blog friend David Speier from the Nanticoke River Swim responded to my last blog entry about the cost of his 3-mile swim. I appreciate that very much, I really do. I’m so glad when folks not only read my work, but respond. And David did a good job answering my concerns. David said his swim […]

How much for a 3-mile swim?

January 22, 2014 | 2014 Season | Permalink

OK, race organizers out there, I understand that insurance is not cheap. I get that. But holy crap. The Nanticoke River Swim is coming up in May. The swim is a 2-mile or 3-mile swim. There’s also a triathlon going on, if you’re into that sort of thing. But the swims. Nice and short. Not […]

2014…what to do, what to do…

December 4, 2013 | 2014 Season | Permalink

Planning a marathon swimming season is difficult, what with the logistics required with getting to the swim, support requirements, food, hotels, all that jazz. Throw into the mix a business trip that’ll take you out of town for half the season, and it’s even more difficult. Right now I’m considering the SCAR swims in Arizona. […]

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 […]