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Category Archives: Swimming Anthropology

And Vladivostok!

March 22, 2017 | Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Holy crap, yet another Russia swim. There is a 12km swim out in Vladivostok, 8-hour flight/7 time zones east of me. Apparentely, that swim has been going on for a few years now. It’s in the Amur river, and this year will be on 24 June 2017. Sadly, this year I cannot attend. But I’ve […]

Russia Swims!

March 21, 2017 | 2017 Season, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Found out today, thanks to the DNOWS, that there are open water swims here in Russia! The first one that I’ll participate in is only 360k from Moscow, in lake Seliger. The swim offers a nautical mile, 5K and 10K. I’m going to do the 10K. It’s a bit over one month prior to my […]

Back in the saddle

December 16, 2016 | Science!, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

So the pool was refilled almost immediately and I’m back in the saddle. Yes, the water still turns my ears blue, no stopping that apparently. I’m still using the increasingly-bluer goggles and swim cap (no reason to ruin another MSF cap). But the few of us who regularly swim in the pool had to deal […]

Before and After

November 20, 2016 | Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Dear reader(s) who have been on this journey with me for some time know that strange things happen to me and my equipment when I swim in my pool here in Moscow. When I got back to Moscow in August I was terribly excited to use my new swim cap, courtesy of the Marathon Swimmers […]

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. […]

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 […]

First time flip-turning in months

October 5, 2015 | Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Went to the pool today. Under a roof. Longer than 12m. With lanes. A real pool. Well, it is sort of a real pool. It is an indoor fun pool with two lanes. Well, it used to have two lanes. They put in new bolts for an additional lane line and now what once was two […]