Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
"I never met a shark I didn't like"
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It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.
I searched the forum before posting this...but during my last swim I thought a bit on why I swim (in togs in somewhat coldish water). And I kind of came to the conclusion its due to 3 reasons...even though I’m not a hippie it might sound a bit hippie-ish.
The serenity - you end up closing out the world a bit.
The danger – sink or swim.
And obviously the workout….I don’t really have any more personal reasons….more than above.
I get to lay down ! I love the horizontal position and this is the only sport that I can do while being completely horizontal. It is like laying on the couch only with additional flapping of arms around.
Surprisingly, I can flap my arms around for quite a long time. That is exciting.
I love the idea of self supported movement from A to B. I love the 'freedom' that I can self-move from A to B not only on land but also in the water.
Earlier and longer zoning out. It takes me forever to find the sweet spot of zoning out in running. And it does not last for long. Give me half a mile and I am in my own world. And, I get to be there for very long time. And, in comparison to running or to other sports, it is so far less possible to take a call or check emails while swimming.
I enjoy the challenge and the solitude. And, sometimes I can get my wife to paddle for me, which we both seem to enjoy.
When he's bigger, I really hope my son wants to come with me, either in or on top of the water.
i certainly didn't start out with the objective of becoming any kind of swimmer. At 47 i decided i was no longer doing any 'shoulds' and only doing what made me happy so i started swimming. And each year i'd go longer looking to find the point it was no longer fun....i'm still looking for that place. Who knows maybe in 3 years i'll decide to take up pool meets and swim the 'distance' events or do an ice mile.
I may have become a marathon swimmer along the way but like most of my life it's not terribly planned out with long term goals but rather reactions to opportunities and new ideas. I'm loving the journey!!!
The water is my home. It's the only place where I feel truly complete. I started short, but now want to stay in as long as possible. Might as well try to get from point A to point B in the process. I've also found myself transitioning from wanting to participate in organized events to just going out on my own with a friend or two and seeing what kind of trouble we can get into. Most of the bigger events feel too overwhelming, and that takes away from the joy of just being in the water.
It's been hard for me to get back to the distances above 5K since going back school, but that ends in another year and I have plans for beyond.
(Haven't done a marathon distance yet, so not really qualified to post in this thread, but ... )
The freedom of the water.
Knowing that if I fall out of the canoe, I have a pretty good chance of making it to the island, and maybe swimming around the island to see what's on yonder shore.
And, like ChickO'Sea, and probably others, I am happy to observe land from a nice distance out to sea. A different perspective, a different zone of life.
Otherwise, swimming to keep walking these days, so I may as well try to get from point A to point B, where maybe I will find Rosemarymint!
I tried a lot of very different sports over time, team and solo, from soccer to riding, from sailing to martial arts. Somehow I took up swimming one day, and never stopped. I changed to OW three years ago, and never looked back. I felt, like I was at home, finally, but never asked myself, why.
Preparing for my first 25k-swim last week that question came up and my answer is a bit cheesy, but true nonetheless: In marathon swimming I can live my core values: it is honest (you follow the rules, observer or not), it is pure and simple (caps, goggles, costume - nothing more and certainely no wetsuit or any other battle of materials), it is fair and transparent (you swim or you don't, you reach the shore on the other side or you don't, same conditions and rules for everyone), and it takes a lot of commitment (all in or nothing). The "freedom & adventure"-part certainely helps, but for me it is about the values. That also answers my question, why it is so easy to get in contact and become close friends with fellow marathon swimmers, because they basically share the same values, or otherwise they would have taken up another sport.
I'm was born a mermaid, but lost my tail by the time I was self-aware. At 42 I decided to learn to swim without it. It's been over three years. Now I only get out of the water to go to work.
For the same reason JFK articulated for going to the moon:
"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win ...