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Category Archives: 2017 Season

Swimming’s more fun with friends

June 18, 2017 | 2017 Season | Permalink

Or a friend. Went back to Strogino lake today, bringing my neighbor. He’s a triathlete, former head coach of the club team at University of Montana, and he’s fast! I had no chance of keeping up with him, with or without his wetsuit. Yes, he wore a wetsuit, but who could blame him. He’s skinny, […]

Nice swim in Strogino

June 17, 2017 | 2017 Season | Permalink

For reasons beyond my control, I had to bail on the 10k in St. Petersburg this weekend. No worries. I would make up for it by fitting in a couple of open water swims in the lake I swam in last weekend, Strogino. Brought the family. My eldest daughter ran (12+ km!) while my youngest […]

Eurasia Cup, 11 June 2017, Swim Analysis

June 12, 2017 | 2017 Season | Permalink

(First part here. Second part here.) Now on to the analytics. Here’s my Garmin track.   As you can see, I’m all over the place. I really don’t swim very straight. Probably due to my breathing. For this swim, like almost all of my swims, when the rubber hits the road (hand hits the water?), […]

Eurasia Cup 11 June 2017, the swim

June 12, 2017 | 2017 Season | Permalink

(The first part, here.) Now we are on to the swim. I gathered with everyone near the start. I met a local (well, they all are, actually) who mentioned he knew me from my FB post. (Oy.) Very nice guy with pretty good English. (I still spoke Russian with him and everyone, as much as […]

Eurasia Cup 11 June 2017, pre-race

June 12, 2017 | 2017 Season, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Yesterday was my first open water swim here in beautiful Russia. It was awesome. Right in the middle of Moscow. And less than a swim marathon away from our house! Who would have thought this was so close. In the days and weeks leading up to the race, I had several hoops to jump through. […]

Multiplying like rabbits

May 19, 2017 | 2017 Season | Permalink

A keen observer of my FB comments sent me a message yesterday Hello Mike! I believe you were interested in OWS events in Moscow – here’s another new series And sure enough, I clicked on the link (probably not safe from a computer security stand-point) and found FOURTEEN MORE OW SWIMS IN RUSSIA! I mean, […]

Another one in the book

May 14, 2017 | 2017 Season | Permalink

Yesterday I attempted a 12,000 meter swim. I say attempted not because I failed, but because I ran out of time. The school’s pool is open some Saturdays for “Family Splash.” Normally it is a time of kids and parents all over the place, splashing around having fun. It was nice and sunny yesterday, so […]