Open Water Blogs

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited May 28 in General Discussion
Do you have swim blog? Post a link here so we can read it!

http://www.freshwaterswimmer.com

http://marathonswimmers.org/blog
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  • Though it's not strictly a blog, we really should link the great new http://www.cspf.co.uk.
  • mpfmarkmpfmark Teesside England Charter Member
    edited March 2012
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • SylleSylle Gothenburg, SwedenMember
    edited March 2012
    www.sylleswims.com
    Featuring more x-country skiing than swimming recently!
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    said:
    KarenT, I particularly like your "10 things I wish I knew..." Thank you very much for that.
  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Charter Member
    KarenT, I particularly like your "10 things I wish I knew..." Thank you very much for that.
    Ditto on that.

    My blog is http://WaterGirl.co. The site also has maps and other useful information about open water swimming in Arizona.
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    Thanks both to IronMike and WaterGirl - glad you enjoyed the posts. I'm going to add your blogs to the Resources pages of my research website too.
  • AnneAnne Charter Member
    I recently started a blog http://annecleveland.com/category/wishuponastar/ Now trying to develop the habit of writing posts. I've got lots of stories... what do you all want to hear about? Yoga? Swimming? The yoga of swimming? We're going to have a rainy weekend here so lots of time to write! Let me know...
  • AquaRobAquaRob Charter Member
    I may have been known to do a little blogging here and there :)

    My main site is Rob Aquatics http://robaquatics.com and I've also started writing weekly over at a new site called SwimSwam http://swimswam.com/author/rob/
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    I think everyone should read Janet's blog: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?u=8157

    ...especially when you need a reminder of just how lucky we are to live on a planet that is 70% water (well, the surface anyway). I've swum a lot of miles with Janet and am looking forward to a season of many more! En-JOY!
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • MunatonesMunatones Member
    edited March 2012
    http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com

    WARNING: the blog attempts to cover various aspects of open water swimming which includes Polar Bear Swims, adventure swims, assisted stage swimming and swims that use various aids from shark cages to wetsuits.

    OVERVIEW: It is NOT a blog focused on marathon swimming, although it has covered several swimmers who are active on this Forum on many occasions. Since its launching, it has posted 6,048 articles on events, people, trends, demographics, tactics, training, techniques and equipment used in the 168 countries around the world.

    CONTROVERSY: Its commentary and suggestions regarding safety in marathon swims regarding extreme water temperatures, prop guards and safety protocols have captured the attention of key decision-makers at FINA and other governing bodies around the world when it comes to competitive events. NOTE: its commentary does not include the expression of opinions regarding solo attempts under any conditions where individuals have the opportunity to do whatever they wish in the open water.
    Steven Munatones
    www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com
    Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.
  • bobswimsbobswims Charter Member
    edited March 2012
    I don't make frequent entries, but I do post long winded ones on my major swims written from the perspective of someone new to marathon swimming. I highlight them with some gripping commentary, such as: "Boy that took a long time", "I could have swam faster, but I was too chicken to" and "As sh*tty as this is, thank god I'm not on the boat".

    www.bobswims.com
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    Love it, Bob! We all know "nothing great is easy" ... "one stroke at a time" ... "just keep swimming" ... and "even a paper cup will eventually reach France" ...

    And we now have: "As sh*tty as this is, thank god I'm not on the boat."

    The essential aphorisms of marathon swimming.
  • frsa0301frsa0301 Member
    edited March 2012
    I loved checking out all of your blogs! thank you so much for all your efforts

    my blog is www.mnchannelswim.blogspot.com
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    edited March 2012
    said:

    The essential aphorisms of marathon swimming.

    sounds like a whole new thread?
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited March 2012
  • JanetJanet NYCMember
    Likewise Dave!

    It's not a marathon swim blog, but I really enjoy "Wind Against Current," coauthored by kayakers Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson. (Vlad paddled for me at Ederle last year). They've written insightfully and beautifully about accompanying record-setting swimmers, NY harbor currents, the beauty of bridges, circumnavigating Manhattan by kayak, and lots of other topics that might be of interest to open-water swimmers. Plus there are some amazing photos of the city and environs as seen from the water--definitely useful and inspiring for anyone doing MIMS or Ederle!
  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Charter Member
    www.darren-miller.com
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited March 2012
    This one's not (directly) about marathon swimming, and only occasionally about OW swimming, but it's a great one - especially for those who live in (or travel to) the NYC metro area. Hannah's 40 Pools was recently covered in The Swimmers Circle and has rapidly gained a following.

    Even marathon swimmers have to swim in pools at some point, right?

    Hannah, a self-described "pool tourist," is also a certified marathon swimmer, though she's shy about it on her blog. On an unrelated note, Hannah came through in a pinch for me last year - a favor for which I'm still in her debt...
  • Congratulations on the new forum! I have a swimming blog at www.chloemccardel.com/blog. It covers my English Channel double crossing (2010), triple crossing attempt & fastest crossing for the season (2011), my training, shorter swims and other topics relevant to open water swimming. If anyone has any questions with swimming the English Channel and would like to ask me, send me an email :) Happy swimming!!

    Chloe McCardel
    [email protected]
  • Thanks for the shout-out, evmo. I hope you'll come swim with us in NYC again soon.
  • http://www.palfreymarathonswims.com/
    Here's my little blog with a few o/w swims, picts and info on.
  • Loneswimmer, good luck with that MIMS. Except for your addiction to new, and more extreme challenges, I would question why you would look forward to swimming in a congested, populated area, when you normally have the happy priveledge of swimming in quiet and pristine places. You must know this, but if there are heavy rains prior to, you can be competing with floating propane tanks, stumps, logs, etc., besides the normal plumes of diesel oil, not to mention unsafe e coli levels. 40 years ago, they used to say that Lake Erie was so polluted you could light it on fire, if true I could see you happily swimming through the flames! I prefer the more sedate waters of Vermont, IROC, Lake Memphremagog....maybe too easy for you, but Phil White at IROC has the third annual 24 mile in Sept., in case you haven't done it already. If there is a 40 mph headwind from the North, and it's raining and 40 degrees, you would love it!!
  • Cheers @Victor, I'm not a fan of freshwater swimming, and I'd prefer jellyfish to toxic runoff any day, I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope for dry weather. Charlotte Brynn from Vermont and Memphre was over here for the distance camp last year, but I dunno, all that time in a lake... you lake swimmers have my respect.
  • jcmalickjcmalick Charter Member
    Donal...I had to read your first line of the passage a few times because everytime I did, I kept reading, "I'm not a fan of freshwater swimmer" and thought World War III was about to break out!
  • I blog at the US Masters site: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?u=22505
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  • @jcmalick Haha. Goggles and handbags at dawn between Evan & I! War of the blogs would be fun, maybe we should give it a shot!

    I'm not even denigrating freshwater swimming as a whole, just that it's not my thing. I'm not a good enough enough swimmer to put up the lack of buoyancy for long periods of time, 6 hours is the most I've done in a lake, and that was enough, my shoulder were leaden afterwards.
  • jcmalickjcmalick Charter Member
    edited March 2012
    I'm totally with you...salt is much more of a preference! Give me seaweed and jellies anyday over freshwater grasses and less buoyancy! As Colin Hay wrote...I like swimming in the sea:

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited March 2012
    Pretty cool. Remember when outside the breakers was a long way away?

    I was loving it until he sang about Irish tea but showed Twinings. I would defy you to find Twinings Irish Tea used in Ireland, it's awful! Twinings is the teas they put in hotels across Europe for people who don't know better. It's also not Irish.
  • jcmalickjcmalick Charter Member
    It's still a long way away! What are you talking about?!?!? Ha Just Joshing!

    Would the video have been more justifiable with Lyons or Barry Tea? (I had to google that!) Sorry Coffee and Hot Chocolate are more my "cup of tea" when water temperatures dictate!
  • Lyons or Barrys are the only acceptable answers, well done! Hot Chocolate after swims for me also. I give up coffee during training so I use it on the day of big swims and get maximum effect.
  • RichardRichard Member
    edited April 2012
    http://swimmingtragic.blogspot.com.au

    My log of open water swims around Australia
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    I also always enjoy Janet's posts. I nearly always feel like I've been swimming with her when I read them (that's as close as I'll ever come to keeping up with Janet :) ).

    I occasionally make entries into Chicken's Nuggets; a slapdash journal of the misadventures of an adult onset lake swimmer.

    http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?u=8691
  • www.soloswimmer.com

    Tentative steps into the world of blog.
  • @KarenT, Karen, I have read your blog and have just watched the video of your Channel swim in 2010. I am an aspirant in 2013. You have been an inspiration as I train.
  • Our blog is available here
    All sorts of swim related chatter on it on a reasonably regular basis.

    http://www.goneswimming.co.uk/swimming-adventures.html
    Dan Graham - Gone Swimming Ltd.
    web | facebook | twitter
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    http://lifeafter615.blogspot.com/

    This is John Coughlin's blog. I visit this site whenever I need things put into perspective.
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • ollieollie Member
    edited May 2012
    I started writing a blog in the build up to my EC swim in 2009, since then I have just written about my bigger swims, for what it's worth it's at -
    http://www.olliechannelswim2009.blogspot.com
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    evmo said:

    This one's not (directly) about marathon swimming, and only occasionally about OW swimming, but it's a great one - especially for those who live in (or travel to) the NYC metro area. Hannah's 40 Pools was recently covered in The Swimmers Circle and has rapidly gained a following

    Just looked at the 40 Pools blog. Wow! What a great idea. And great fun, I bet.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited August 2012
    bump.

    any other OW blogs out there that haven't been mentioned?

    here's one some of you may not have seen:
    http://diananyad.com/blog
  • I've started blogging about my OW water adventures here:

    http://rickswims.blogspot.com/

    So far I have only adventures from one season (this one)
  • Please excuse this and feel free to consider it unnecessarily boastful. I won the Irish 2012 Best Sports and Recreation blog, beating the more popular mainstream sports blogs! I won a china vase! :-D
  • @loneswimmer Congratulations on beating "the football hordes".
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • Please excuse this and feel free to consider it unnecessarily boastful. I won the Irish 2012 Best Sports and Recreation blog, beating the more popular mainstream sports blogs! I won a china vase! :-D

    Congrats and in the words of baseball pitcher "Dizzy" Dean: "It ain't braggin' if ya can do it."

    -LBJ
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
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