I'm considering applying for next summer. Has anyone done it? Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?
Anyone dealt with their 10-hour cutoff?
I haven't, but i'm very interested in possibly swimming this some day
It looks awesome.
I did find, last summer in Italy, that most people did wetsuit and I wonder if this is similar.
The time constraint means swimming at a pretty speedy clip!
@SydneD - I haven't done it but have seen videos and I don't think I saw wetsuits - speedsuits maybe? I think it's usually a mix of circuit pros and fast amateurs. Shelley Taylor Smith took a coaching group out there last year and I vividly remember that she had a swimmer (looked like a pretty fast amateur male) who made the cut-off by something like less than a minute and he was racing to get in before they pulled him...it looked a little crazy. I think she said there were some adverse currents too. Let me see if I can find the video for you - it's not letting me search right now.
Thank you! I'd love to see anything more about it.
Yeah--might not be for me.
I'm looking, of course, at the non-FINA "amateur" one and that's still the cut-off. Yikes!
I need a good long one for next summer. Warm and in a beautiful place that would be fun for the family.
Taking suggestions if you have any!
There's a 25K in Greece.. I've not done it... but if I wrack my brain I can remember someone who has..
Croatia also has an amazing OWS contingent.. and I LOVE Croatia.. LOVE Greece as well. I mean, just in case you need someone to carry your bags..
Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach
@suziedods - I've looked at the 25K in Greece. The only thing is it's hard to figure out the logistics because it's pretty informally organized. Jim Boucher has done it, and we've talked about it. It's on my list!
@Niek - What's your feeling about that cut-off? It's yikes! For me, at least.
I'm a pretty strong swimmer, at least---in my mind. And I think that would be a reach for me.
And yes, it's 850 Euro and you get your own boat and all kinds of other things. Like a sandwich. :)
I'm sure it would be awesome, but I'd hate to schlep my family all that way and have it be a bust because of a time constraint. It's one thing if it's a DNF because of my own issues but not because of that.
Any suggestions for this wanting to wander cold water weenie?
Yeah, that's tough with bringing my family along. I try to make the long ones on the beginning of a vacation so they deal with my nonsense at the beginning, and then get the reward of a lovely trip. :)
Right? With my husband's work and travel schedule, I can't do last minute. My son is homeschooled, so I have some flexibility, but there are those pesky finances that need advance planning...
WHY HAS A SWIM BENEFACTOR NOT SHOWN UP WHO WANTS TO JUST PAY ME TO SWIM ALL THE SWIMS AND GIVE THEM NOTHING IN RETURN?!?!
And what about marathon swims in Asia? Anything anyone loves?
I was thinking Japan or Korea... :)
Do you want or need it to be an organized event?
You could do your own thing.
Coincidentally, I'm organizing a kids relay in that area for next summer, Capri-Ischia round trip, and have contact with boats/Capts in Sorrento that a friend had used previously and was pleased with their service.
So far in my planning they've been very accommodating, knowledgeable and helpful.
We're looking forward to also swimming in the Blue Grotto and doing some swimming along Malfi Coast!
I have an idea for my own thing, which is in the planning stages in that it's in my head. That's about as far as it has gotten. :)
I don't need it to be an organized thing. Just want someplace beautiful and warm for my family and I. :)
And that sounds awesome! What an adventure for you and the kids!! When is it?
@DanSimonelli - I am not at all picky. I just want the PERFECT INTERNATIONAL SWIM AND FAMILY DESTINATION IN PRISTINE WATER! Is that too much to ask??? ;)
End of Aug start of Sept
How about Central Asia, @SydneD? Lake Issyk Kul is challenging (at a mile above sea level, cool-ish, surrounded by mountains) and ripe for swimmers to cross it. Great experience for your homeschooled son and exciting for you and your entire family! And if the timing is perfect I could even come out and crew for you!
For more info, check out my "No BS" guide here.
Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!
@IronMike - I think it's too cold for my blood! I'm a weenie! And totally okay with that. ;)
18-22C is too cold? ;)
on june 19 / 2017 i swim the Messina Strait with Luciano Vietri association.
After i plan to swim the unofficial capri/napoli marathon.
I am looking for advice, tips, swimmer, coach, crew who can help me ...