Race Report: Nike Swim Miami 2011

Race Report: Nike Swim Miami 2011

RESULTS.

Pre-race with college roommate and swim team-mate John

 

My second visit to the Nike Swim Miami went much better than the first, even if my time (2:27:51) didn’t really reflect it. I felt strong from start to finish and held my stroke rate consistently in the high 60’s / low 70’s. Even accounting for slight navigational errors, 2:27-high seems way off – even more so considering the favorable (if somewhat warm) conditions and buoyantly saline water.

The course was probably a bit longer than 2K – and then compounded over 5 laps. But that’s just the nature of the game in open water. Who knows what times mean. Even, apparently, with a closed-loop course under neutral conditions.

So how else to judge my swim, if not by time?

  • My “2K” splits were consistent – 27:49, 29:37, 30:02, 30:07, 30:17. Almost certainly my best-split 10K OW.
  • I nailed my nutrition: 150-calorie carb drink at 2/4/6/8K, supplemented with 90-calorie gels at 4K & 6K. Plenty of energy throughout (thanks to my wife who spent 2+ hours sitting on a dock in UV-Index-10 sun with a bunch of coaches).


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It begins…

It begins…

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.

Yacht Club = red | Marine Stadium = blue

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.

10K course map (red line)

It will be my first race and first non-chlorinated swim (with one brief exception) since October.…

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Quick Hits 3.9.11

Quick Hits 3.9.11

- The Nike Swim Miami will have a new venue and a live web broadcast! (Daily News of O.W.S.)

– Friend-of-the-blog Adam B. qualified for the big dance of American open-water swimming with a 10:05 1000 Free at Virginia Senior Champs. Congrats!

– The Princeton men’s swim team recently passed 100K views on YouTube for their lip-syncing tribute to a teammate stricken with MRSA. This almost makes me nostalgic for my time at DeNunzio. Almost. I will say this, though: C. Rob Orr is a genius and a great man. Additional coverage from the Daily Princetonian.

UPDATE: Princeton captain Colin Hanna and Daniel Hasler (the sick teammate) appeared on today’s Swimming World Morning Swim Show. Great story.…

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Race Report – Nike Swim Miami 2010

Race Report – Nike Swim Miami 2010

Results posted here.

Two weeks ago a trip to Miami was not even on my radar. Then out of the blue an old college friend (both roommate and swim team-mate) emailed me about doing a relay for the Swim Around Key West. Sadly I had another commitment that weekend, but out of curiosity I went Googling for other races in South Florida (he lives in Miami) and — lo and behold — there’s a race in Miami April 17th!

Catch up with old roomie and his family? Escape from Ohio in April? Start my O.W. season 6 weeks earlier than planned? It was a no-brainer.…

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