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Great swim today

August 26, 2017 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The school SCM pool finally opened back up today. So happy. Decided to do some “distance tolerance” today. What that meant for me was 8000 meters, long and slow. 500 1000 1500 2000 1500 1000 500 See? Very simple. Two hours 50 minutes. Nice and slowly. But damn my arms felt dead when I was […]

Pictorial tour of a mussels farm

August 16, 2017 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Today we took a different kind of tour: All you can eat mussels, swimming and a tour of Our Lady of the Rocks church. Kinda costly (50 euros per person), but in the end, worth every cent! We got picked up in downtown Kotor and were motored to a mussels farm in Drazin Vrt. Four […]

Today’s the day!

June 25, 2017 | Uncategorized | Permalink

NY Open Water is holding the first iteration of the 20 Bridges circumnavigation of Manhattan right now! To follow along, go to the tracker page here. In about a month’s time I’ll be attempting the same and will also have a tracker. I will of course publicize it here at my blog. Good luck to […]

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 […]