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Category Archives: Swimming Anthropology

Note to self: Cruise ships are no joke

August 14, 2017 | Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Great swim this morning, 3.6k with lots of practice swimming into the wind and current, very strong today. I don’t mind swimming into current and wind, knowing that I’ll get to take advantage of those same conditions on the way back! It was beating me up though. And here I am seven hours later with […]

Montenegro swims

August 12, 2017 | Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Been vacationing in Kotor, Montenegro, a beautiful historical bay town in the Balkans. Really was not hard to decide on this location when I saw pictures like this. The picture above is taken from the side of one of the mountains here, on which you can see medieval walls and churches. The mountains are steep, […]

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. […]

Eurasia Cup 11 June 2017, pre-race

June 12, 2017 | 2017 Season, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Yesterday was my first open water swim here in beautiful Russia. It was awesome. Right in the middle of Moscow. And less than a swim marathon away from our house! Who would have thought this was so close. In the days and weeks leading up to the race, I had several hoops to jump through. […]