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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 […]

MSF has an official logo now

June 9, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Marathon Swimmers Federation has its own logo now!   How’s that for professional-looking, dear reader(s)?  Pretty nice, eh? I love it, and look forward to getting one about 4 or 5 inches in diameter for the back of my rad Rav4. That’ll look pretty nice embroidered on a navy blue polo, too. And as […]

The Power of the People prevailed

June 5, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Well, that didn’t last long. The Thursday evening happy hour swims (called officially by the organizers “Thursday Open Water Sunset Swims”) are back! As my dear reader(s) know from a few blog posts back, the National Harbor folks denied WaveOne permission to hold the evening swim practices. But that denial lasted all of two weeks. […]