As the self appointed Chicago branch of the Sewickley SeaDragons, I’ve been receiving Bill White’s excellent workouts via email on a daily basis.

Bill was on holidays over the recent Christmas break, though, so I was in a bit of a panic until Vlog the Inhaler stepped in with the Jimcentric “B” level mediocre workout. I received this fabulous looking workout on Dec 28th and was so excited that I raced to the pool two days later to do it.

About 10 minutes into the swim, I was ejected from my lane by a noodler class consisting of 4 ladies. A polite plea for compassion from the instructor resulted in “YES WE NEED 2 LANES FOR THIS CLASS YES OF COURSE WE DO!!!!!!”. Said instructor then moved 2 of the women into the second lane so as to occupy it and I had to wait until a nice man offered to share his swimming lane.

Anyway……I was very grumpy and, although I got to finish the workout, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have.

So yesterday I did a do-over!!!


The Importance of Being Earnest

Chicken O’C rides again!!!!

I was lucky enough to land a spot in the 2010 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim ( 

This year I’ll be raising money for the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (, an organisation that raises awareness and supports research into the disease that took my grandfather’s eyesight and, only a few months ago, a great deal of my mother’s.

I won’t start begging for donations until about April, but in the meantime my training has begun in earnest. Poor Earnest.

Not one to suffer alone, I plan to document my entire training process in painfully boring detail on this blog, including sudoku breaks, cups of coffee consumed, and visits to the loo.

Youtube provided my inspiration tonight, and I’d like to share the motivational interlude I found. This is how three nautical chappies see New York in just one day.

I hope I can also see New York in just one day on June 12th!!