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Four new Issyk Kul swimmers (maybe five!)

August 9, 2017 | 2018 Season, Grand Plan, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

(Edited 11 Aug to add water temperature data.) I got info and observer notes from the Issyk Kul Swim Challenge that happened on the 6th. The Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation now boasts six official crossers of the historical route, the one based on the Kyrgyz myth of Toru-Aigyr (Тору-Айгыр). The swimmers above, Denis Kochenkov, […]

Issyk Kul tomorrow!

August 5, 2017 | Grand Plan, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

My friend Olesya took some pictures from lake Issyk Kul today. Tomorrow, one year and one month after my successful crossing, four intrepid local Kyrgyz will attempt to swim from Kara Talaa in the south to Toru Aygyr in the north. Unsure how many will be with and how many without wetsuit. We will see. […]

10,000 yard swim complete!

April 21, 2017 | 2017 Season, Grand Plan | Permalink

Had a great workout today. Great because I did it. Great because my niggling elbow didn’t bother me. Great ’cause it’s my birthday! I wanted to do something big for the big 5-0. I did 50 x 100 for my wife’s 50th, but I wanted/needed something longer. So I took 4 hours off from work […]

Observer logs for Issyk Kul swim

July 15, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

For posterity’s sake, I’m uploading my observer logs on the blog. In marathon swimming, especially when claiming as first, as I am here, it is important that an independent observer watch the swimmer, ensuring that proper marathon swim rules are followed. My observer Chris is a retired Army special forces officer and current State Department medical […]

Issyk Kul after party

July 9, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

(First post on my Issyk Kul swim here. Second post here.) So, the swim was done and I was back on the boat. I had my daughter’s bag of chips, and some other bag of diabetes I was stuffing into my pie-hole at an alarming rate. Never did chips and crackers taste so good. I […]

Wear Sunscreen

July 8, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan, Humor | Permalink

You might have heard this song before. It’s based on a newspaper article written years ago by Mary Schmich, a commencement address she said she’d give if ever asked. The piece has lots of sound advice in it: Be kind to your knees; you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Floss Dance, even if you have […]

More facts

July 7, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan | Permalink

So, adding to my previous blog post on facts about my swim: First. As far as I can find, I am the first human to cross the lake at the location I crossed. I say human because of the basis for the crossing. I spoke with the only other person to have ever crossed the […]


July 7, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan | Permalink

OK, so my Issyk Kul crossing was a success yesterday. w00t! So excited. A little sore today, but not unexpected. Some facts about my swim: Location: Lake Issyk Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world after lake Titicaca. The lake sits at 5270 feet above sea level. Issyk Kul means hot lake, so-named […]

Packing for the big swim

July 1, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan | Permalink

OK, so we leave on Tuesday for the lake. Packing this weekend. Nerves are at about mid-level. That’s healthy, right? The tracker is up at Nothing much there now, but hopefully the morning of the 6th (evening of the 5th for my friends in the U.S.) you dear reader(s) will see me chugging away […]