Category Archives: 2020 Season

Swim the Suck #4

w00t! I got into Swim the Suck 2020, the 11th anniversary of this marvelous swim. I am so excited.

For the non-swimming dear readers of mine who aren’t in the know, Swim the Suck is so popular that most years it sells out in minutes. The Race Director, Karah Nazor, advertises days ahead of what we swimmers need to have ready to register at noon on the day. This year she even showed up screenshots of each step so we’d have all our info ready. I refused to go on a trip to Ikea with my wife and daughter today so I could be at the laptop at noon. I even set an alarm for 11:55 a.m. to make sure I wasn’t dozing off.

I had everything ready except for my kayaker’s email. No biggie, got that out of my email in seconds. Hoodie size L, yes? Sure, why not. I didn’t even want to run upstairs to check the sizes of my current hoodies. Speed was what was needed. I zoomed through the entire process and pressed Submit (or Pay or Whatever…I can’t remember now).

Then I got the confirmation number. Did that mean I was in? Not sure. But I had a number and a receipt. Surely that means I’m in, right?

I posted something on FB about finishing the registration process (4 minutes btw) and thinking I’m in, and 9-time Sucker Patty H. confirmed that if I got the confirmation number, I’m in. Hot damn! In for Swim the Suck #4!

Then two hours later, Karah commented on my FB post: Guess who was the first swimmer registered this year? Yours truly! Hells yeah. Proper prior planning prevents piss-poor performance. And I hella planned prior, properly.

Except for the hoodie size. Needed an XL. Uh, hey, Karah! Email coming your way.

USMS 1-hour epostal

Today I swam the 1-hour postal, an annual event put on my USMS.

My goal for this swim was 3000 yards or more. The New England Masters (NEM) LMSC sponsored the event and got the pool at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI). BSI has an amazing pool, 10 lanes with a moveable wall. Besides the pool, they have two ice rinks and one indoor turf for box lacrosse.

The NEM set up three heats and I got the first heat at 8:30 am. My wife agreed to time for me. The BSI was about 40 minutes away so we had to wake up early. Well worth it to swim in that pool. Wish we lived near a pool like that!

from Athletic Business

Swim felt pretty good. I tried to stay consistent, and by my times, looks like I did. My initial plan was to go out fast, then get into a groove. And for the last 20 minutes go fast. That plan went by the wayside about halfway through. Maybe last 10 minutes? Nope, maybe last 7 or 5.

The last half-hour I simply wanted to leave the (starting) wall when the seconds were less than when I last left. For example, if I left the wall at 0:55, then I want to leave it next at less than :55. For as long as I was paying attention to this, I was leaving the wall less than a minute later. Granted, only :04 or :05 less than a minute, but that’s fine. One minute laps means 3000 yards in an hour.

First comment from my wife and one of the timers nearby was “amazingly consistent.” And looking at my time, sure was: 3275 yards in one hour, that makes :54.5 per 50.

Sure, I’d love to have swum faster. Back in 2011, I swam 3650. Maybe next year I’ll aim for :50 per 50.