This is interesting. Ned Denison, member of the MIMS selection committee, posted the following “inside scoop” on the selection of the field for the 2011 swim. From the Channel Swimmers chat group: Last year I reported from “inside” the committee to help you all understand how the selection process worked for the 2010 solo swim. Time to… Read more »
Yearly Archives:: 2010
By my unofficial observations, the online applications for MIMS were closed a little over an hour after they opened. 46 swimmers threw their hats into the ring during that time, including: 14 women and 32 men 6 Australians, 4 Britons, 2 Irish, 4 Mexicans, 1 Italian, 1 Portuguese, 2 Spaniards, and 26 Americans 20 English Channel crossers,… Read more »
On October 30, swimmers and friends-of-swimming around the world visited lakes, oceans, bays, rivers, and man-made pools, and offered a tribute to a great swimmer and (by all accounts) remarkable human being, who passed too soon. Images from all corners of the globe are collected in these two Facebook albums. The second one is viewable… Read more »
The latest from Steven Munatones’ inimitable Daily News: A new marathon swimming “world majors” competition, inspired by the World Marathon Majors (Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York City). Cool idea – and one hell of a bucket list! I’ve heard great things about this lady. A wonderful, global list of local open-water swimming organizations. For… Read more »
The MIMS application went online at 1pm Eastern today, as scheduled. I was no later than the 8th solo swimmer to submit a complete application, so I should be in good shape to make the 25-person field. By 2pm Eastern, 40 solo swimmers had applied. I now await word from the committee who reviews the applications…. Read more »
Racing is fun, but it can exact a toll – physically but also psychologically. The combination of long distance and high intensity in open water races can deplete one’s glycogen stores dramatically, and the result can be temporary lethargy in the water. In my experience this summer, while I wasn’t noticeably affected by races up… Read more »
UPDATE: Daily News of OWS remembers Fran Crippen: , ,  In the span of only about 24 hours, the open water swimming community has been reminded twice – in the most tragic way possible - that our sport may have more in common with mountain climbing than it does with pool swimming. Open water swimming can… Read more »
This deserves its own post. Karah’s husband Ben made this video from helmet-cam footage he took on a stand-up paddleboard. Pretty good stuff. I love the haunting Nick Drake music in the second half. Swim the Suck Tennessee River Gorge 10 Mile Swim from Ben Friberg on Vimeo.
Despite my best efforts, the 2010 open-water season is now over! Like Rob, my original plan was relatively modest compared to the end result (though it seemed ambitious at the time). At first, I aimed to run the gauntlet of USMS open-water national championship series – North Carolina, California, Colorado, Virginia, and Indiana – and… Read more »
RESULTS. Daily News of Open Water Swimming article. Swim the Suck would be my last race of the year: an epic season finale, the longest swim of my life, and a test run for even longer events next year.