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Category Archives: Iconic marathon swim

Born under a bad sign

March 12, 2017 | 2017 Season, Iconic marathon swim | Permalink

So, as dear reader(s) of mine know, I swim regularly in a very short pool. Longer than my pool in Kyrgyzstan but shorter than a typical pool. No matter, while the pool is short, it’s still just filled with water. That’s all you really need to swim, right? I get the time horizontal in. Need […]

So friggin’ impressive

October 6, 2016 | Iconic marathon swim, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

For two days now, FOR TWO DAYS, I’ve been following my friend Sarah Thomas as she swims 82 miles (yes…MILES) in lake Powell in Arizona. EIGHTY-TWO MILES. For my non-swimming friends, that’s 50-60 hours STRAIGHT. Yes, she’s swimming without sleep or rest for more than two days. At publication of this blog post, she’s already […]

Lake Issyk Kul is on the Map!

October 2, 2016 | Iconic marathon swim, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

NPR wrote up a great article about Sarah’s successful Issyk Kul swim back in August. It’s a great write-up, pointing out the basis for the crossing, the legend of Toru-Aygyr. It also does a good job covering Sarah’s reasons for doing the crossing: to persuade the Kyrgyz to pursue a healthier and more active lifestyle. […]

The obscure endurance sport women are quietly dominating

September 14, 2016 | Iconic marathon swim, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

NY Magazine recently did a great article on marathon swimming. More specifically, the article was about the phenomenon seen in marathon swimming with respect to men’s vs. women’s times for major-distance swims. It appears that when you add distance (and water), race results are quite contrary to common “wisdom.” When you talk running, even ultra-distance runs, […]

Sarah did it!

August 24, 2016 | 2016 Season, Iconic marathon swim | Permalink

OK, so if you’ve followed the Marathon Swimmers Federation FB page, you know that Sarah has successfully swum across lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan. She killed it with a time of 4:43.38, destroying my time for the same crossing by more than 76 minutes. This makes Sarah only the third person to ever swim across […]

Sarah’s swimming Issyk Kul now!

August 23, 2016 | 2016 Season, Iconic marathon swim | Permalink

My friend Sarah is about 5KM across Issyk Kul now, 0252 GMT, 23 August. She is set to destroy my time across the lake. In case you’re wondering about the start icon a bit off of shore, it looks like the crew might have forgotten to click on the bootprint on the Spot Gen3, which […]