What's your next swim?



  • jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember
    Excellent job Wendyv34! Way to bring it home!
  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member
    Ederle...and while I get in plenty of time at Brighton Beach I'm still a little intimidated by big ocean water. But at least I'm now having dreams of crawling up the beach at sandy hook. 2 months ago it was Morty telling me he was pulling me because I wasn't making forward progress :)
  • emkhowleyemkhowley Boston, MACharter Member
    Ok, so I've got a swim to announce. I'm super excited, as I've managed to connect with the nicest, most helpful, and most enthusiastic local crew imaginable in Idaho. See the press release below for details. Did I mention I'm really excited for this swim?! It was first proposed to me in 2011 after I interviewed Eric Ridgway for a story I was writing for SWIMMER. It took a while to get the wheels moving and find the right place for it on my schedule, but next week is it. :-) I'm hoping to do the Long Bridge Swim next Saturday as a sort of victory lap, assuming I survive the big swim. Anyone else doing that swim?

    July 18, 2014

    SANDPOINT, IDAHO— On July 30th, Boston-based ultramarthon swimmer Elaine K. Howley is slated to make history with a solo, 34-mile swim the length of Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho. This will be the first time a swimmer has attempted to traverse the entire length of the lake in a single swim. An 84-mile circumnavigation of the lake was completed in 2011 by a team of 10 relay swimmers.

    Howley was invited to take on this long-distance challenge by Eric Ridgway, who is the founder of the annual 1.76-mile Long Bridge Swim in Sandpoint, Idaho, which he organized for 19 years. Ridgway, a Sandpoint resident, has stepped back from his race director duties this year and will be focusing on supporting Howley in her historic marathon swim, which is timed to fall a few days prior to this year’s Long Bridge Swim event. Her swim will help promote the Long Bridge Swim and draw attention to the aquatic recreational opportunities in the greater Sandpoint area.

    “We have such an incredibly beautiful lake here that I am sure that we are going to have many more open water swimmers coming in the years ahead to take on the challenges of this fresh water playground,” says Ridgway. “I have been involved with three prior ‘Big Lake Swims’ in Lake Pend Oreille, but all of those were as part of a relay team. I knew that someone would eventually come along to do it as a solo swim, and after talking with Elaine several years ago, I thought that she would be the ideal swimmer to accomplish this feat first! She is not only an amazing athlete, but she does so much to inspire and support others in the swimming world. She is going to open up a whole new venue for big open water swims in the Pacific Northwest.”

    The big swim will begin at Buttonhook Bay, the southernmost point in the lake and progress northward to the intended finish line at the Sandpoint City Beach Park. Howley expects to cover the 34 miles in 17 to 20 hours if weather conditions are fair. If conditions prove rough or windy, the swim could take upwards of 24 hours or more. A veteran marathon swimmer who has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, which consists of solo crossings of the Catalina and English Channels and a solo circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, Howley is also a certified ice swimmer who completed a 1-mile ocean swim in Boston Harbor in December 2012. The water was 41-degrees during that swim and Howley did not wear a wetsuit. She also recently completed a 24-hour training swim in Lake Cochituate in Wayland, Mass., during which she covered more than 38 miles.

    “After that most recent great experience, I’m feeling really confident about this upcoming big swim,” Howley says. “It’s a total privilege to be invited to do this swim, and I’m very grateful for the community support I’ve already had in planning the logistics.”

    Howely, who works as Associate Editor for U.S. Masters Swimming, will be supported in this adventure by a highly experienced crew that will shadow her from a powerboat. Ridgway will be joined by Howley’s husband, Mark Howley of Waltham, Mass., and sports nutritionist Sunny Blende of Sausalito, Calif. Randy Hixon of Sausalito, Calif., will also be offering kayak support.

    The swim will be conducted under the auspices of the Marathon Swimmers Federation following the official Rules of Marathon Swimming, of which Howley was a co-author. Fellow co-author Andrew Malinak of Seattle, Wash.,—who is also a marathon swimmer and recently became only the third person to complete all seven stages of the 8 Bridges Swim down the Hudson River and undertook a highly-publicized attempt to swim the Strait of Juan de Fuca in 2013—will also be on board to observe and document the swim. The rules state that the swimmer may not touch the boat or any of the crew and may not wear a wetsuit. The water is expected to range between 65 and 70 degrees F.

    Howley, who is sponsored by women’s clothing company Athleta and sports nutrition product company UCAN, says this swim will be a real test of her skills and endurance. “And from what I’ve been told, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet to swim. So, sign me up! I’m excited to be embarking on this amazing journey!”

    Stop me if you've heard this one... A grasshopper walks into a bar... https://elainekhowley.com/

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    @emkhowley go for it.

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
  • jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember
    @emkhowley ... I may have to try to get to Sandpoint to cheer you on!
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited August 2014
    Not sure if this counts. I searched for a thread along the lines of "What's on your to-do list?" or something like that, but found only this thread.

    I'm here in Kyrgyzstan for a couple years, and I intend on at least trying to arrange two swims here: one in Issyk Kul (the second largest alpine lake in the world and Kyrgyzstan's largest lake) and Son Kul, the country's second largest, and at 3025m above sea level, a challenge for the lungs.

    Here's a video I found by some Brits here in country to give a taste of some of the logistics I'll have to accomplish for Son Kul.

    (Obviously I'm doing the embed thing wrong, so here's a link.)

  • tortugatortuga Senior Member
    Next Sat. Pier 2 Pier - Wrightsville Bch, NC, Next Sun. Swim for the Potomac 10k - Nat'l Harbor, MD....I think I can, I think I can....
  • WarmWaterWarmWater SingaporeMember
    @IronMike, I lived in Tashkent for 2 years and Ashgabat for 9 months. I travelled all over CIS for more than 10 years including going to Issyk Kul with my wife though I didn't swim as winter was already closing in with ice on the roads. It a wonderful part of the world with good and warm people, make the most of your time there. Enjoy.
  • @tortuga, see you at the Swim for the Potomac. October 4th, I have the To the Bridge and Back 10 miler in Virginia. After that, I'll have to see how hooked I am to find out what to train for next.
  • flystormsflystorms Memphis, TNMember
    So excited to take a friend to her first OW swim in a lake in Arkansas next weekend. It's only a mile, but for her, it's epic. She never thought of herself as a "real swimmer" and after I kept asking her what event she would like to do, she kept saying to me, "Slow lane! I don't do events!" But she broke down and trained like hell for this.

    But I had to crack up yesterday. We swam out to a local island and she went the furthest she's ever been, and as it turns out, was close to 2500m. She's already talking about doing a 2400m OW swim next month when I do a 5k to finish out the season. So she hasn't done her first race yet and she's ready to do her next one already.

    I'm grinning.
  • What's my next swim ? maybe someone could suggest something for me.
    I'm based in the UK south east. Obviously there's the EC which is an ambition of mine but not yet ready physically or financially and I need I need to experience some long swims. I have never belonged to a club, not been coached and don't know any swimmers so I'm a bit of a billy no mates in that department. I was going to enter the Eton 10k but saved myself £40 and just timed myself at my local open water at 3hrs 10 mins. At the end I felt I could have gone on for much longer and I recovered very quickly. The 3 mile home was not difficult.
    Any ideas where I can go from here ?
  • ZoeSadlerZoeSadler Charter Member
    edited September 2014
    Hi @goneswimmin

    I'm also based in the UK south east. The obvious swim that springs to mind is Windermere. It's 10.5 miles, a lovely swim with lots to look at but it's not an easy one. Or if 10.5 miles is not enough for you, do the double!

    Also I would suggest Ullswater, Bala and many of the other BLDSA swims. None of these suggested swims will break the bank in an EC sort of way.

    I was also thinking of entering the Eton 10K in a couple of weeks. I know lots of open water swimmers in the south east - send me a message if you want some ideas. (I do my own open water training at Reading Lake and Dover harbour).

    Edit: Should probably add. My next swim is a 3 person EC relay next week and (hopefully) Loch Lomond in 2015.
  • WarmWaterWarmWater SingaporeMember
    Good luck next week Zoe!
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  • mpfmarkmpfmark Teesside England Charter Member
    Buttermere to finish the season just a few laps
    2015 start with 2s4l
    Wykeham 5k
    Coniston 2 way 10m
    Maybe something bigger in Scotland ?
  • looking at doing Robben Island next year...
  • 2015 - Kingdom 10 Mile swim. Just signed up. Now I gotta figure all of this out. :)

    Excellence is born of preparation, dedication, focus and tenacity; compromise on any of these and you become average.

  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member
    I might be attempting this swim in Cozumel, Mexico on January 1. But many stars must align for it to happen. The higher priority on the week will be 4 dives between 250' and 400' and there is an open debate over the effects of aerobic exercise before this sort of diving. Most studies indicate moderate exercise widens the safety margin, some indicate "excessive" exercise (whatever that means) narrows it, but all agree (1) it has "an effect" on the body's ability to process inert gas bubbles and (2) decompression science at these depths is still in the trial and error phase and the error penalty is high. So I'm going wait until after I'm done with diving for the week, which pretty much leaves me one day.

    Also, the locals are a bit touchy about OWS (or any activity outside of the roped off swimming areas, choked with inflatable playgrounds and herds of cruise passengers bobbing around in mandatory orange life jackets), so I'll have to also successfully evade detection at the insertion point. There's usually 1 or 2 Mexican soldiers sporting AKs patrolling along Punta Sur (drug interdiction?). I've never actually been forbidden to swim from Punta Sur, but I've never asked, either. I just wait until no one is looking.

    The last variable is fitness. Haven't gone over 4 miles since the Suck. Shouldn't be a problem, but I'm going to do a pool 10K sometime between now and then to see how I feel. And then there's the possibility that some combination of alcohol and/or gambling on New Year's Eve might interfere. :D

    But if the weather, my gear, fitness, self-control and ninja skills all perform as planned, I'm going to swim from Punta Sur to our rental property, approximately 12K. I've done many OW swims along this shoreline over the last 30+ years, and there's a pretty decent current assist most of the time (not sure of the actual speed, but somewhere between pleasantly noticeable and "I'm swimming like a boss!"). Water is pool clear and there's plenty of interesting things to look at. I'll be accompanied only by my trusty ISHOF.

    One of these years, I'd like to cross the channel to Playa del Carmen. Sadly, it would not be a first crossing..

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved Tides that I tried to swim against Have brought be down upon my knees Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • ttriventtriven Senior Member
    Just got a whopper of a credit card charge that says NYC swim events, so I guess it's actually happening. I will be on the slower end of the pack on MIMS race day 2015. Therefore I would love to talk to someone who has done it before so I can be as prepared as possible. I kind of understand the new guidelines. But I don't understand them well enough to know whether I am actually now more at risk (of not finishing) by going on race day, as opposed to a solo date. I'm nervous. Maybe more than I need to be.
  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member
    Congratulations @ttriven! there are better people here to answer your questions on the actual race (i've swam relay and observed) but i'm a local nyc city girl if you have any other questions please feel free to reach out.
  • KatieBunKatieBun CornwallSenior Member
    My next one will be Zurich. After that I'll be looking at Catalina.
  • lakespraylakespray Senior Member
    @Spacemanspiff I've done two dive trips to Cozumel, stayed at the Villablanca Garden Hotel both times. I've just walked out to the dock that Papa Hog and Scuba Mau uses and just jumped in and started swimming. Boat traffic is busy there but at certain regular times of the day it slackens off. I swam a circuit around some anchored boats that looked like they wouldn't be moving anytime soon. I would also swim during the service intervals between dives. I used Papa Hogs and they could have cared less other then be back to the boat by X time, it is Mexico after all. They did think I was a bit Coocoo. I swam slow basic endurance pace. The swim you purpose should be fast with the current, especially if you get out into the channel a little. I'm also guessing with a little leg work you could also hire a small escort boat or yak as once again it is Mexico tourist destination and everyone is trying to make a little scratch. Wish I was going with. I've always wanted some race promoter to do a 10K down there in the winter months. Not that I'd need an excuse to go but would love mix diving and a event. Not sure on the decompression thing either but had no issues at the moderate paces I swam with 10-dives in 5 days.
  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member
    @lakespray all good points. Swam that current many times over the years (including one 2-hour involuntary swim in full dive gear!). I try to find the sweet spot just far enough out to surf the current but not far enough to get into the "dive boat highway." Even so, I've been on the receiving end of some fairly animated tongue-lashings from Mexican boat captains. While my Spanish isn't completely reliable, I'm fairly certain they weren't asking directions. Based on past experience, the push along my planned route is typically varies somewhere between 1-2 mph. Should be a pleasant cruise...

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved Tides that I tried to swim against Have brought be down upon my knees Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member
    Update: Mission accomplished! But I went "upstream." I drove to Punta Sur at 6:30, but I discovered they now have the road blocked with a large iron gate and a guard shack. The guard would not let me in. Said it was now a national park and it didn't open until 10:00. Said I couldn't swim outside of the swim area anyway. I offered a substantial bribe, but he didn't budge. It was at least 2 miles from the gate to the point, and there were 6 foot waves crashing all the way from the public beach to the point where my swim would begin, so I opted to not swim to the start. I went home rather discouraged. I decided to do an out and back, but I didn't expect I would go half-way, since I'd be swimming into a stiff current on the out. I started out hugging the shore to avoid the current, but I knew I'd have to come off the shore after the first 2K in order to take the most direct route.

    Current wasn't terrible, so I made it half way (6.2K). I stopped and floated for a bit, and considered going all the way to Punta Sur against the current. I had never considered this to even be possible, so I (as usual) was under-provisioned. I only brought enough food/water for a 2.5 hour swim, but I was already at 2 hours and only half-way (against the current, I was only able to manage around a 2:10 pace). I had about half a water bottle and maybe 150 calories of feeds. My kid-friendly, spray-on sunscreen had undoubtedly washed off by now, and the sun was shining brightly directly overhead. Plus, I had no "exit strategy." My family was not expecting a pick-up and I didn't have a phone to call. I figured I could sort that out later and I rolled over and attempted to swim to Punta Sur against the current. As I rounded the penultimate peninsula an hour or so later, the nature of the swim changed dramatically. It went from relatively flat and calm, to a stiff wind and 3-4 foot swells. I had not factored in this possibility when I hastily decided to attempt this. It was rough. Mentally and physically. I tried to do the math of continuing vs. turning around while struggling to find any sort of rhythm. Eventually I spotted the light house. Once I had the goal within sight, everything became easier. I focused on quieting my brain and body and tried to assume a meditative state. Eventually I was on the beach. The last 2K took almost an hour.

    A life guard with a set of binoculars met me immediately and demanded to know where I had come from. He did not believe me and called in his supervisor. El Jeffe asked why I didn't have the wristband adorning the 200 or so red-life-jacket-wearing cruise-ship passengers thrashing about in the surf. I tried to explain that I had not encountered anyone selling wristbands at sea. Eventually I found myself surrounded by a small crowd of officials, one of whom appeared to be a policeman. They said I had to pay $14 to be on that beach. I pulled a soggy $20 out of my ISHOF and insisted I would surrender only the balance remaining after a plate of carne asada nachos and an ice cold Pacifico. Eventually, they relented. I ate my nachos and was escorted to the cab stand, clad only in my long hair, sunburn and polka-dotted Speedo. I shared a van with a family from Houston and a honey mooning couple from Brooklyn. They gave me my own bench and didn't ask any questions...

    Also, I ended up doing this in the middle of my trip, not the end. So it was before the deepest of my deep dives. Despite theories to the contrary, intense aerobic activity within 24-hours of a hypoxic decompression dive, caused no ill affects at all (except that my shoulders were a bit fatigued carrying the extra 200 lbs of gear). Dive went perfectly. Here is a pic of my computer at our max depth of 400 feet.image

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved Tides that I tried to swim against Have brought be down upon my knees Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • msathletemsathlete Victoria, British Colubia, CanadaGuest
    I was wondering if anyone knows of any +50km solo swims taking place in 2015?
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    Now that I'm back in the pool, I'm thinking of BLDSA's one-way Windermere in August. :-SS
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    IronMike said:

    Now that I'm back in the pool, I'm thinking of BLDSA's one-way Windermere in August. :-SS

    Nevermind, apparently there are two prerequisites for Windermere: Do a 5.5 mile swim between March and the date of the swim (Aug 29th) and do a BLDSA swim. I seriously doubt my boss will let me take two trips out of country this year, so I'll have to look for another swim somewhere else. :((
  • Cole_GCole_G PhiladelphiaMember
    My next swim is SCAR! It is gonna be quite tough, especially since the longest swim I have ever done is 10 miles, and I have almost no access to open water before the race in May. I am really looking forward to the challenge though :)
  • SteveWalkerSteveWalker San FranciscoMember

    Ned said: Jersey > France in September

    Impressive. That sounds like a really fun swim! ..Steve

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    Maraton Raslina, a 5K in....wait for it.....Raslina, Croatia!

  • HollyTHollyT Member

    I'm in for the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse in September, training a lot as I recover from my back surgery. Also super duper excited that I seem to have roped my sister into a 1.2 mile ocean swim in Rhode Island. Not a marathon event but a first for her.

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    Did Alligator Lighthouse last year. Get ready for those pesky jellies!

  • ryanmdaltonryanmdalton San Francisco, CAMember

    Hoping to do a width crossing of Lake Tahoe (10-14m, depending on route) in June and a swim from Santa Cruz Island to the mainland (19m) in early October. These are my first marathon swims and I'm very excited to make them happen. I'd love any advice from those of you who have done these swims before.

  • bruckbruck San FranciscoMember
    edited May 2015

    Sounds like a great summer! Santa Cruz Island is ambitious for a first marathon swim. Have you seen the names on that list? Yudovin, Murphy, Denison, McConica, Tina Neill, etc. Good company.

    What topics are you seeking advice about?

  • HollyTHollyT Member

    SydneD said: Did Alligator Lighthouse last year. Get ready for those pesky jellies!

    Yes, I was there last year as well. Nasty little buggers.

  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member

    Dear all, I'd like to announce my next swim, also my main goal for 2015: an attempt at a three-way crossing (66 kms) of the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands, following the traditional 22-kms trajectory of the annual Stavoren-to-Medemblik marathon event. 

    Over the past 48 years many Dutch and international swimmers have participated in the annual single crossing race. Five people, including myself, have managed two-way crossings (44 kms) of the Ijsselmeer. But a triple crossing has never before been achieved nor, to the best of my knowledge, attempted.

    Weather permitting, the attempt will take place in the last week of August.  We will start from Stavoren harbour to Medemblik, back to Stavoren and back to finish in Medemblik. I expect the swim to last around 20 hours Deo volente. The usual Channel swimming rules will be adhered to, with an independent observer on board. Marcel van der Togt will as always be coaching me. Further news will be posted on the Open Water Swimming Club's website and Facebook page.

    Best, Milko

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    My next swim ... crewing for Amanda H at Memphremegog. Stil a little burned out from MIMS and just trying to lose the baby fat... ( at 55 you'd think it'd be gone by now!)
    Very excited to be able to crew.


    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com

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