My 2011 open water season officially begins this Saturday, at the Nike Swim Miami. The 10K main event is scheduled for 10am EDT, and will be streamed live on the web at Swimming World TV (and syndicated here).
There’s a new venue this year – the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island. According to the promotional materials, the Yacht Club offers “cleaner water and a more beautiful backdrop,” as well as the opportunity to “swim past homes of notorious celebrities, one of which is Gloria Estefan’s residence.” Wait…what?
Because, let’s be honest: The biggest issue with the previous venue (the Marine Stadium) is that we didn’t get to swim past Gloria Estefan’s house.
The course has also changed a bit – a 5 laps of a 2K rather than 4 laps of a 2.5K – to reflect the layout of the 2012 London Olympics course.
It will be my first race and first non-chlorinated swim (with one brief exception) since October. Time to dust off the cobwebs!
As some of you know, I did this race last year (my first 10K). Amazing what a comedy of errors it seems in retrospect. Should be plenty of room for improvement.