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flystorms
November 17th, 2013, 08:58 PM
The season is just over and I'm itching to get ready for next year's OW races. I'm not sure which ones I'll do. Which races are you eyeballing or earmarking for next year? Are they races you're doing again or new adventures?

mmlr38
November 18th, 2013, 12:41 PM
As soon as OW season ends, I'm always itching for next year's races too! Here's my 2014 lineup so far:
May 17: 2.4 mile National Championship - Coolidge Park, Tennesse River, Chattanooga TN (Chattanooga Rat Race)
June 7: 1-mile National Championship - Lake Berryessa CA
June 21: Granite Man Triathlon - Applegate Lake, OR
June 29: Pacific Crest Triathlon - Sunriver, OR
July 12 or July 19: 5k Applegate Lake, OR
Aug 3: 5km National Championship - Elk Lake, OR

I'm sure I'll do more of the Oregon open water series as well, certainly the 1-mile and 2-mile cable swims (probably on June 28), but the dates and swims haven't been posted yet.

Also, if the timing works out, I really want to do Donner Lake again (usually in early August, which is normally same weekend as Elk Lake). That's probably my favorite open water swim of the year!

Which ones are you thinking about flystorms?

thewookiee
November 18th, 2013, 01:46 PM
As soon as OW season ends, I'm always itching for next year's races too! Here's my 2014 lineup so far:
May 17: 2.4 mile National Championship - Coolidge Park, Tennesse River, Chattanooga TN (Chattanooga Rat Race)
June 7: 1-mile National Championship - Lake Berryessa CA
June 21: Granite Man Triathlon - Applegate Lake, OR
June 29: Pacific Crest Triathlon - Sunriver, OR
July 12 or July 19: 5k Applegate Lake, OR
Aug 3: 5km National Championship - Elk Lake, OR

I'm sure I'll do more of the Oregon open water series as well, certainly the 1-mile and 2-mile cable swims (probably on June 28), but the dates and swims haven't been posted yet.

Also, if the timing works out, I really want to do Donner Lake again (usually in early August, which is normally same weekend as Elk Lake). That's probably my favorite open water swim of the year!

Which ones are you thinking about flystorms?

mmlr38, the 2.4 mile race in Chattanooga is not the "Rat Race" That race occurs later in the summer. The River Rats offer a 1.2 and 4.5 mile open water race.

flystorms
November 18th, 2013, 07:24 PM
I'm about 95% sure I'm heading back down to St John for the Beach to Beach Power Swim (A-MA-ZING water!) Debating doing the swim around Key West as the first long swim. And I definitely want to do Slam the Dam Grand Slam since the one this year was cancelled (thanks Congress!!). Not sure about any others at this point. I'm hoping to get a few ideas from y'all. I guess I need to try some cooler water swims, but am pretty much a lizard and need to be warm. LOL! Kari

mmlr38
November 19th, 2013, 02:01 PM
mmlr38, the 2.4 mile race in Chattanooga is not the "Rat Race" That race occurs later in the summer. The River Rats offer a 1.2 and 4.5 mile open water race.
Ah, thanks for letting me know!

I'm about 95% sure I'm heading back down to St John for the Beach to Beach Power Swim (A-MA-ZING water!) Debating doing the swim around Key West as the first long swim. And I definitely want to do Slam the Dam Grand Slam since the one this year was cancelled (thanks Congress!!). Not sure about any others at this point. I'm hoping to get a few ideas from y'all. I guess I need to try some cooler water swims, but am pretty much a lizard and need to be warm. LOL! Kari
It's great to learn about other swims that I'm not familiar with. Looked up the St. John Beach-to-Beach Power Swim and added it to my "wish list" to do someday :)

A friend of mine here in Southern Oregon wants to do the Slam the Dam Grand Slam. That's a great one to have on the radar because it's so late in the season.

As for the cooler water swims, I hear ya, I prefer the warm stuff myself! But living in Oregon I've had to adapt a bit if I want to extend the season.

Matt

jkormanik
December 4th, 2013, 03:28 PM
Does anyone know where one could find a calendar of open water races/events in North America for 2014? I'm trying to put my season together as it snows outside my window...

Randy Marchman
December 5th, 2013, 01:05 PM
Does anyone know where one could find a calendar of open water races/events in North America for 2014? I'm trying to put my season together as it snows outside my window...

This should be helpful:

http://usopenwaterswimming.org/2013OWCalendar.htm

jkormanik
December 5th, 2013, 03:05 PM
Thanks, Randy.

flystorms
December 9th, 2013, 07:58 PM
Okay so I'm about 90% there for doing the Swim Around Key West. Working out the training timeline to be sure. BUT... and this sounds so silly... I'm thinking ahead of the logistics for my paddlers. I have two wonderful girlfriends who have more than jumped at the opportunity to paddle for me in a tandem kayak. My biggest concern... you'll laugh... is logistically, how do we work out potty breaks for them? Do they paddle ahead of me a bit, slide off the kayak and do their business, then climb back on? It'll be about a 6 hour race for me, I think. We've been talking about this and laughing. I see we can get either a sit on top or regular kayak, but talking through this, we think the sit on top might work best considering this situation. Funny thing, is that we've all done long adventure races, but have never thought through this kind of situation, especially since they're supporting and guiding me. LOL! Thoughts? - Kari

chaos
December 9th, 2013, 08:49 PM
Okay so I'm about 90% there for doing the Swim Around Key West. Working out the training timeline to be sure. BUT... and this sounds so silly... I'm thinking ahead of the logistics for my paddlers. I have two wonderful girlfriends who have more than jumped at the opportunity to paddle for me in a tandem kayak. Thoughts? - Kari

A tandem kayak never seems like a good idea. 2 singles will give them the opportunity to break if necessary without you losing your escort. Real kayakers will bring a p-bottle (yes, you can find feminine specific units) and a large grout sponge.

flystorms
December 17th, 2013, 08:35 PM
Well I just pulled the trigger and signed up for the race around Key West in late June. I'm sketching out a training plan with my coach and am ready to go. EEEEEPPPPP!! Very, very excited. Still doing the other race in St John as well. OUtside of those two, maybe something in the fall, we'll see if I get burned out by June.

mmlr38
December 18th, 2013, 12:11 PM
Well I just pulled the trigger and signed up for the race around Key West in late June. I'm sketching out a training plan with my coach and am ready to go. EEEEEPPPPP!! Very, very excited. Still doing the other race in St John as well. OUtside of those two, maybe something in the fall, we'll see if I get burned out by June.
Nice! I'm sure those two will be great swims!

kevin@bluesteel.org
December 22nd, 2013, 11:50 PM
What about the 2014 Change Your Latitude- 57* North Open Water Challenge?! furthest north open ocean swim in the Western Hemisphere! August 3 in Sitka, Alaska. (not so shameless plug...)!

flystorms
December 24th, 2013, 10:31 AM
Gah! I have huge admiration for you wonderfully crazy people who swim in the cold, but this girl is part lizard. LOL! 70-72 would be my absolute bottom of the cold spectrum. Sad but true. LOL! Merry Christmas y'all.

mmlr38
December 24th, 2013, 12:36 PM
I would love to do the "Change Your Latitude", but don't think I could handle 57F water either! I've done 62F a few times and that's not so bad, but getting down under 60, I don't do so well. Went out to the local lake in late October. Water temperature was probably in the mid 50s and even with a wetsuit I was having cognitive problems after a 30 minute swim!

kptocs@yahoo.com
December 24th, 2013, 11:20 PM
I did a three miler in ocean city Maryland last summer. it was cold and rough, unusual for OC that time of year. maybe will do it in 2014 (they have one, 3 and 9 miler!). there is a one miler hosted by ocean city beach patrol every year. I love that one, its a beautiful evening swim. both are in July. I do a two miler in the Chesapeake bay at rocky point, (pan can purple swim. in august). Maybe this year I will win the lottery for the 4.4 mile Chesapeake bay swim. I have done a 2.4 mile in sept in the choptank (chesapeakeman), however in 2013 there were too may jellyfish. I got stung so bad. - is it obvious I live in Maryland. thanks every one for the lists of other swims!

DeletedAccount
December 27th, 2013, 08:42 PM
I have a pretty definitive list for OW races around the Toronto/Southern Ontario area for 2014. E-mail me through my site if you are interested. The sport has exploded the past 2 years locally, there is almost a race every weekend early June through early September.

thewookiee
December 31st, 2013, 06:09 AM
The registration for the 2014 Swim the Suck opens on February 1, 2014.