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Category Archives: Grand Plan

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┬ámarathon 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 […]

Success!

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 track.rs/ironmike. 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 […]

A Marathon Swim in Russia!

January 27, 2016 | 2017 Season, Grand Plan | Permalink

OK, so late-to-the-game IronMike here just heard about the Global Swim Series. I’ll let the good folks at the GSS explain what the series is: The Global Swim Series is a collection of independent races from all over the world that have joined together to promote open water swimming and a healthy, active and adventurous […]