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Category Archives: Spirit of Marathon Swimming

USMS destroying open water swimming

September 17, 2017 | Coaching, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

The U.S. Masters Swimming organization is now meeting in Dallas for their convention. One of the proposed amendments (link pdf…go to page 179) to the USMS rule book was contrary to the tradition of open water swimming: 303.3.2 Swimmers may receive the following assistance from any escort craft: A. Food or drink may be passed […]

Great weekend of swimming

September 4, 2017 | 2017 Season, Coaching, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

Managed three days at the lake over this wonderful 3-day weekend, 9.12 kilometers. Even better was that I had company each day! Open water is definitely more fun with others. On Saturday and Sunday I took my friend Jen back to the lake. She’s a glutton for punishment, having done three days of “boot camp” […]

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┬áresults 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 […]