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Category Archives: Spirit of Marathon Swimming

Honored

December 17, 2016 | 2016 Season, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

So, this just* happened: Seems yours truly has been nominated for Solo Swim of the Year (male) as part of the 2016 Global Marathon Swimming Awards. I was nominated by Jaimie, probably one of the most incredible non-professional marathon swimmers out there, with dozens of seriously long-distance swims to her name. These awards are different […]

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 […]

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, […]

Integrity first

September 3, 2016 | Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

Yep, she-who-cannot-be-named-without-owing-a-beer-to-your-fellow-swimmers has reared her head again. Just days after NYC Swim closed its doors, shifting responsibility for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS) to the able hands of New York Open Water, Diana Nyad posted the above to her FB. Right there in black and white she states that she was the first woman […]

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 […]

The old goat

March 26, 2016 | Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

No. Not me. I’m not the old goat. Though I may be to some. No, I’m talking about the old goat over there in San Fran. The old goat who’s been a member of the Dolphin Club for almost 70 years. The old goat who is still swimming in the frigid waters of the San […]

Another pause

January 18, 2016 | Iconic marathon swim, Other Sports, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

Unfortunately, my pool access has been put on hold. Maintenance had to be done so I’ve been out of it for a couple weeks now. That’s ok, better now than closer to the big swim (attempt #2) in early summer. Plus, I’ve been lifting with my awesome wife. Lifts are getting bigger, at least in […]