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The pool was fast today!

March 31, 2017 | Uncategorized | Permalink

So, two days in a row of good swimming. I love it! Today I did another CSS (critical swim speed) test. If you don’t know CSS, click the link. I really love the Swim Smooth method; it’s worked the best for me. Anyway, the theory is that you swim a 400 time trial (after a […]

Great swim today

March 30, 2017 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Can’t believe what a great swim I had today! So today I decided to just do an easy 3 x 1000. I pulled my hamstring yesterday, or perhaps just got a cramp. Anyway, my leg hurt. So I took it slow. But when I finished the first thousand in 17:00, I started to get concerned. […]

More Lucy

March 11, 2017 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Got some pictures from Lucy’s meet. Sadly I couldn’t attend so didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of my own, but these professional guys got these!

This is how you do it

November 4, 2016 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I’ve talked about the incredible athlete Sarah Thomas already, here and on my FB. For those who have been under a rock for the last few weeks, Sarah just swam 80 miles straight, unassisted, in a current-neutral lake in Utah and Arizona. She set the record for the longest unassisted swim in history. Unlike the infamous […]

Been offline for a while

October 30, 2016 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Hello dear reader(s). Yes, I’ve been offline for a while. I figured it was time to write something. I’ve been swimming a lot. It’s been wonderful. I’m back in the tiny pool I started this crazy obsession in so many years ago. Yes, I’m back in Russia, at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Back in […]

Found another lake

January 10, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Had lunch with a buddy of mine on Friday. He’s stationed in Batken, in southern Kyrgyzstan. Batken is nice, beautiful down there. While we were eating, I looked on my phone and found a spot of blue down by my buddy’s house. There’s a small reservoir to the southwest of Batken, about 4.7km long. I […]

Je suis Charlie

January 8, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Was too busy at work today to go swim. Sadly. But today my thoughts are not on swimming. My thoughts are on my French friends and their families after the horrible tragedy at Charlie Hebdo. The murders yesterday by those “men” in Paris was cowardly and deplorable. The cartoonists and editors of the satirical magazine had […]

More Nyad

August 23, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Experienced marathon swimmer and professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Hadar Aviram, has recently written an in-depth analysis of the hub-bub resultant after Nyad’s assisted Cuba-to-Florida swim last year and the production of a global standard for marathon swimming; The Rules if you will. It is well worth the read. […]

What’s a marathon swimmer?

July 25, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I read a lot about marathon swimming, mostly in the online community called the Marathon Swimmers Forum and H2Open magazine. There is so much information available there for current and aspiring marathon swimmers. Really, it is worth a great deal of your time, especially if you’re considering venturing out into this obscure, addictive, weirdly-communal-yet-individual sport. Hell, if […]

Been awhile

July 1, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Wow. Had no idea it has been so long since my last post. Been awhile. Tomorrow I’ll be updating my CSS. It has been way too long since I did my last CSS test. If you don’t know the CSS, click on the link. I’m sold on using the CSS as a way to prepare […]