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07/06/13: Fifth Kingdom Swim (my second)

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After enjoying last year's Kingdom 10 Miler, I decided to sign up again this year and make the trip to the northern reaches of my home state to tackle the mighty Lake Memphremagog. I have some notes/observations that I can refer to from last year:

First, Lena did not make the trip. She has been having some stomach issues going on and I really don't think she was enthused to witness me plodding along in the water again, so she rested at home. Preston did join me, along with my buddy Bob from Maine and his wife and son. They were in town to visit his folks, and drove up north behind me. We enjoyed some stops along the way (VT Country Store and lunch in Lebanon, NH) and made it to Newport by 4pm. I went to register at the Gateway then took a nap, waking up in time to sit through post-parade traffic to strap my feedbag on for the annual pasta dinner that race director Phil White and the gang put on. The rain that had fallen shortly before supper cleared out, leaving a great view of the lake for all to enjoy.

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In comparison to last year's swim:
- Similarly, it was overcast to start the swim. Only saw faint peaks of sunlight after passing Buoy 7, then it shined fully after the 8th. This was excellent (humane) for the yakers and didn't really bother me too much.
- Water temp was 72 degrees, which was warmer than last year. I put on some weight expecting colder temps, so I lugged some extra lard for this swim.
- My feeds were not as concentrated, and I did fine with them. Fewer calories did not make a difference for me, which is good to note.
- The Kayakers deployed in a little different formation, and it took my 15 minutes to find Bobby. Many of them did not line up where they were directed to, so I just kept swimming. No collisions which is always an answer to prayer
- See last year's post noted above from the course layout. Not much to report until we rounded Buoy 3, where the "po po" boat had blue lights flashing and another boat stopped. Found out later from Bob that the boat was flying south towards the course without hint of slowing down, and had to be intercepted by either the Newport City Police or Boarder Patrol boat. Crazy!
- Some waves rolled us around as we crossed the northern end of the lake from Buoy 3-4 (just like last year). I was with two other swimmers (last year I was by myself), and we rounded Buoy 5 together, which was interesting.
- Again this year, we held close to the islands and straight on to Buoy 6, then stayed more in the lake as opposed to Derby Bay, where the current was tossing people. The waves were IMO slightly less rough than last year, but pounded for a longer portion of the long leg from Buoy 6-7. It was tiring!
- After Buoy 6B, I caught up to someone that passed my by the lighthouse (and also put a lot of distance on the two guys with my at Buoy 5). I passed him, then he drafted off me. I didn't mind at first, but after ten minutes of pulling him I did some backstroke and slowed down, hoping that he would return the favor. Didn't happen. After about a mile of this, I took a scheduled feed and let him go past. He ended up finishing a minute ahead of me.
- My shoulders felt better prepared for the long swim, but the pounding during the long leg took its toll, as I had a difficult time in the last hour or so keeping good body position.
- Bob noted the time and my stroke count at the big buoys, and was steady around 58-9 stokes per minute at each point. Last year I cycled between swimming 20-30 fast strokes followed by 50-60 regular ones; this year I just tried to stay even with stokes and kicking throughout.
- I skipped my last feed at at the bottom of the hour and motored into Prouty Beach with a time of 4hrs, 37 min, 53 sec, which was 46sec slower than last year. I'm pleased based on the conditions.


Another great weekend, which is just the start of swimming in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. It'a always fun to meet up with forumites, and see some folks from last year. I am disappointed that USMS was not the sanctioning body for the swim (although there was an agreement for this last year before the OW stuff went down) as I think more people may have swam in it. Nonetheless, Phil has a great lineup of swimming in beautiful lakes in that bucolic part of Vermont throughout the summer, and I highly recommend joining in the fun if you are able to! www.kingdomswim.org
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Updated July 7th, 2013 at 11:48 PM by rxleakem

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  1. knelson's Avatar
    Looks beautiful! What was the water temp?
  2. rxleakem's Avatar
    Water temp was 72. I'll add that above
  3. ViveBene's Avatar
    Thanks for this info, and I am sorry to hear about the drafter. What a pointless thing to do! I swim only the 3-mile distance (and not this year), but have heard there is always a current against the 10-milers and chop when they start moving south again.
  4. aztimm's Avatar
    Wow that's a heck of a swim! Did you build up for the 10 miles?

    Are you doing any other swims up that way this year? Didn't there used to be a swim across Lake Champlain?
  5. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Congrats on your swim! That race always seems something of an adventure--I've known people who have done it every year, and I've never heard anyone say that it was flat and easy the whole way--there always seems to be something interesting happening in the lake! Sound alike you handled the conditions well and swam well.
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene
    Thanks for this info, and I am sorry to hear about the drafter. What a pointless thing to do!
    I don't mind getting into a mutually beneficial drafting Co-op for a bit (worked out ok in my 10k race a few years back), but not one where one party is doing all of the pulling. Especially when I'm pulling
  7. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Wow that's a heck of a swim! Did you build up for the 10 miles?

    Are you doing any other swims up that way this year? Didn't there used to be a swim across Lake Champlain?
    I planned out a training program for this distance, and stuck to it, so I felt prepared. I have Peaks to Portland (Maine) this Saturday, then likely the Betsy Owens swim in Lake Placid next month.

    I'll check on the Champlain Swim, I know they held it last year but I haven't heard about this year. Maybe folks are nervous after that River Monsters episode?
    Updated July 8th, 2013 at 10:56 PM by rxleakem
  8. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    I've known people who have done it every year, and I've never heard anyone say that it was flat and easy the whole way--there always seems to be something interesting happening in the lake! Sound alike you handled the conditions well and swam well.
    Thanks! You're correct, which is why I purposely looked for some less than ideal training sessions this spring. I'm thankful to be able to join in this event.
  9. mcnair's Avatar
    Great job on another 10-miler! That's awesome. Always love reading your OW race reports.
  10. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair
    Great job on another 10-miler! That's awesome. Always love reading your OW race reports.
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    Thanks! I like seeing some of your blogs of late with the historical/art references. It makes me feel smarter when I am finished reading them