- Why does one’s tolerance to cold water seem to vary from day to day?
- A cheering thread for Penny Palfrey’s Cuba-to-Florida swim
- What swim would you do if told you had three weeks to live? What’s your DGAF swim?
- What’s on your wish list of open-water swimming products and gear?
- More debate on allowing full-body protective suits in marathon swimming
- What do people put their bodies through in an ultra-marathon swim? Tim Root reports on the new Escambia Bay 25K
- When to tip (and when not to tip) marathon swimming support personnel.
- How to calculate the horsepower of swimmers?
What’s the fewest number of strokes you can take for a single length of the pool? (No streamlining past the flags; no more than three kicks per stroke.)
I can get down to 8 strokes per 25 SCY, but it’s tough to sustain for more than one length. 9 strokes per length (SPL) I can do pretty much indefinitely – but it’s incredibly inefficient. The inefficiency is readily apparent: a huge dead spot in my momentum as I glide (glide, glide…) after each stroke. The Swim Smooth guys have a term for this: Overgliding.
I swim most efficiently between 13 and 15 SPL, depending on pace. 13 for channel/marathon pace; 14 for “threshold” pace (from the mile up to about 5K); 15 for 200/500 pace.…
This past weekend Jamie Patrick hosted 50-some-odd swimmers, spouses, children, and pets at his vacation cottage in Lake County, north of Napa Valley. While the majority of guests hailed from the nearby Bay Area, others journeyed from more far-flung locations: Darren from Pittsburgh, Michelle from Florida, Bob from Portland, and Gords & Goody from Utah.
The event was nominally a Swim Camp - and indeed, many of the campers have big plans this season: the English Channel for Gords and Jen; Catalina for Goody; Tsugaru for Darren; Paul’s insane Sea of Cortez swim; and of course Jamie’s own circumnavigation of Tahoe.
But even before rumors of a mysterious itch-inducing substance in the lake, I had no ambitious training plans. I was more interested in the people and conversation – making new friends and re-connecting with old ones.…
Highlights from the past week at the Marathon Swimmers Forum:
- An epic report from Rob Aquatics on JC Malick’s courageous attempt to swim to the Farallones.
- What to do in that awkward moment when someone “invites themselves” on your solo swim.
- If your local open water is cold, is it better to throw on a wetsuit, or stay in the pool?
- Advice on dealing with jellyfish stings.
- Should full-body suits be allowed in marathon swims for sun protection?
- Why it’s a terrible idea to bootleg the English Channel.
Forum stats as of May 12, 2012 (exactly two months after public launch): 295 members, 104 threads, 1299 posts, 58K page views.…
Nite Moves results are here. I was 6/115 in a mostly local field – though a “local field” in Santa Barbara typically includes some pretty decent swimmers. Mark W. was first. He’s not really in shape right now, but apparently still has enough to hold off the pretenders.
I haven’t been in the ocean much lately, so the water felt a touch brisk. The closest channel buoy said 57, but I’m guessing it was closer to 55. The overcast skies offered no solar relief. I opted for an in-water warm-up, which was a mistake. By the time I lined up at the start, my feet were numb.
Oh, and I forgot to bring a cap. Mmm… brain freeze.
Beach-start, beach-finish races almost seem designed to punish me.…
My first open-water race of 2012 is this evening, the weekly Nite Moves 1000m swim / 5K run at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara (I skip the running part).
Nite Moves is (are?) organized by triathlon-types and doesn’t (don’t?) offer separate categories for wetsuits & skins. This is sort of offensive, but whatever, I’ll play by their rules.
The “swim” portion of Nite Moves ends with a 70m run up the beach, which is also offensive (my hip replacement precludes me from running). But afterwards there’s food, beer, music, good company – and hey, it’s Santa Barbara - so I suppose I can’t complain too much.
Almost every weekend this summer, there’s an open-water race somewhere in Southern California.…