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Category Archives: Swimming Equipment

Equipment used for my Issyk Kul swim

July 10, 2016 | 2016 Season, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Packing for a swim is pretty much an individual endeavor. If you talk to 10 swimmers, you’ll get 10 different packing lists. I read what marathon swimmers I respect suggest for a long swim and came up with my own kit for Issyk Kul. What follows is a list of stuff I brought with an explanation […]

Aquagear Comes Through

April 13, 2016 | Humor, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

As promised in my previous post about Aquagear, “the neighborhood swim store,” I bought some items using my own money. Previously, Aquagear was good enough to supply me with a swim towel in exchange for a review, which I did on the blog. I also reviewed their shipping, which wasn’t totally fair since I’m stationed […]

Review of the Discovery Trekking Ultra Fast-Dry Towel

March 3, 2016 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

So, as I blogged about previously, the online swim store Aquagear asked me to review an item from their store. I chose the Discovery Trekking Ultra Fast-Dry Towel. I’d been looking for a swim towel, something I could easily pack into my swim bag, something that dries quickly, and dries me quickly. When the towel arrived, […]

New Kid on the Block

February 16, 2016 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

There’s a new kid on the block (at least to me), in the online swim product arena. Aquagear is “a family owned and operated swim shop specializing in swim gear and training equipment for water sports enthusiasts.” The owner contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to review the website and a product of […]

Swimming in a storm

August 13, 2015 | Swimming Anthropology, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Managed to get an hour-long swim in before the storm started this evening. Which reminded me of this experience [link is an mp4] of a couple weeks ago. A whopping 900-something meters in 40 minutes of trying. My shoulders were dead after that. Thankfully, I picked a better day about a week later and made […]

Nice evening swim

August 1, 2015 | Swimming Anthropology, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Yesterday I swam a nice, gentle 3.16km in and around Sutivan. The waves were 1-2ft, so I didn’t try to fight the water, more like just enjoy the experience. I went west initially into the waves & current (and sun). Figured I’d do all the work up front and then just cruise on home. Well, […]

Second Issyk Kul Swim

July 17, 2015 | Grand Plan, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

(First day’s swim here.) As promised, dear reader(s), here is an overview of my second swim workout in lake Issyk Kul. For this swim, I smartly got up early enough to avoid the crazy jet skiers, and apparently the strong currents and waves. Flat, beautiful water, 22C. Isn’t that beautiful? I was very happy to […]

First Issyk Kul swim

July 16, 2015 | Grand Plan, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Finally got my youngest off my home computer, where I can take screenshots of my Garmin tracks from my Issyk Kul swims. Have no idea why the tricks I read about online for taking screenshots on a Chromebook don’t work on mine. Anyway, here’s my first swim from Monday.   As you can see, the lake […]

Aqua Sphere Stationary Swimmer Review

May 31, 2015 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Well, I’ve used the Aqua Sphere Stationary Swimmer for about three weeks now. I think it is time for a review. For twenty bucks, you can’t lose. This device can be used pretty much anywhere, as long as you have about two feet + your height. My pool is 12m long, so there is plenty […]