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07 July 2012


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Wow, a 5-year plan! I like the ambition.

Right now, my 2-year plan is Absolutely Do Not Do a Marathon Swim in 2013. (The Highland Lakes Challenge doesn't sound TOO horrible, though...) I guess that's the downside of unfettered access to beautiful pools, gorgeous lakes, masters teams, and plenty of time to train.

I know people get seasick crewing even if they "never get seasick". But I've been on boats where I was the only person not to throw up. (Boy, does that make a girl unpopular.)


It may turn out to be all ambition and little actual accomplishment! Besides the money, there is the unwritten but totally mandatory part of the plan: don't get injured.

I do envy you your beautiful lakes. I do not, however, envy you the heat, even if it is a "dry heat."


"Better than Stalin" -- aspirational words to live by.

Because I really like your blog, I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. You can see it here:

Good luck with your channel swim! Amazing.



Thanks Carol, and sorry I haven't written back earlier. Moving back to the, sorry, but your comment looked like spam!


Hi Mike - Came across your blog while looking for swimming opportunities in Moscow. We are headed back next week for our second tour. I wasn't really much of an athlete during our first posting there, but during the past four years in DC I've gotten into triathlon. Realizing that I won't be doing tris any time soon, I've decided to do more long-distance swimming. Would love to get some advice from you.



I'm sorry Lara, been traveling and waiting for our computer and other stuff. Got our air shipment from Moscow finally so I can respond.

The pool on the compound is okay; you'll get really good at flip-turns! Viktor is the swimming teacher there, and he's got the inside track on open water swims in Moscow. I've heard tell that Moscow has a triathlon, but I'll be damned if I ever saw it advertised. 10Ks and marathon runs, yes, but tris, no.

As you can see from my blog, I did all my OW swims outside of Russia. Thankfully, the airfare wasn't too much that I could afford to do a few swims each year.

Also, if you want to swim in a Russian pool, I recommend the Olympic pool at the Prospekt Mira metro stop. Very clean water; only problem is it's 280 rubles for 45 minutes. And you've got all kinds of noodlers in every lane to swim around. If you go this route, go to the med unit and ask Dr. Sibirsky (the Russian doc) for a zapravka. It's a health form that the Russian pools will need to see. See my blog entries about all the different stamps you'll need!


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