Friday, July 30, 2010

10 HOT miles

This past weekend was the Kingdom Swim in Newport, Vermont. I participated in the 10 miles swim and let me tell you - it was HOT! Despite the fact that Lake Memphremagog is north - actually straddling the US-Canadian border, the water was in the mid-70s. I am used to water being in the 50s and low 60s, so mid-70s was scorchin' hot, and I felt it. That being said I was pleased with how I did - I completed the swim in 4 hours and 33 minutes, coming in 13th overall and 7th for men (there were about 84 participants in total).

Here are some pictures from the event-

The start/finish
Getting a pep talk before the swim began-
The start (which was much more civilized than I had expected)-

About half way done (if you look closely you can see the yellow kayak which Andrew was paddling - I'm in the water close by) -

Rounding the final buoy-
My fans-

Finishing -


I've been back training this week - yesterday I did 7,000 yards in the pool.

Next up - the Boston Light Swim - 8 miles in Boston Harbor.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Townie Tuesday

I was the featured "Townie" this week in Newburyport Today. You can read the article here:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

10 weeks to go

It's been awhile since I've posted - it's because I've been spending a lot of time out in the ocean. This past week, in addition to swimming at the YWCA, I spent two and a half hours swimming off Plum Island on Thursday morning and spent another 2 and half hours in the ocean this morning. While the water is getting warmer it is still chilly.

This coming weekend I head to Vermont to participate in the Kingdom Swim - a 10 mile swim in Lake Memphremagog. You can check out the swim at

Just about 10 weeks until the big swim - the English Channel!