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    What are your 2018 events?

    Checking in with my fellow OW peeps. What OW events are you looking to do in 2018? Maybe it'll spur on some ideas and motivation for others!

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    SwimTrek vacation for my big 5-0 in the Maldives (okay, not a race, but damn, it's going to be beautiful!)
    Maybe St Croix 5 miler again or Barbados 10k. Depends on if I can con my cousin into doing it too.
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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    USMS Sprint Distance (1 mile) Open Water National Championship in Carbondale, IL. Nothing like St Croix, Maldives, or Barbados, but a fair bit closer to me....and not all that far from Memphis.

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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    I have two in mind for my big 7-0. The Betsy Owens memorial swim in Lake Placid NY, Aug 11, and Lake George OWS in Ticonderoga NY, Aug 18. They're a week apart and only about a one hour drive apart. Choices at the Betsy, 1 and 2 miles. Choices at LG OWS, 2.5, 5, & 10Km.

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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary P View Post
    USMS Sprint Distance (1 mile) Open Water National Championship in Carbondale, IL. Nothing like St Croix, Maldives, or Barbados, but a fair bit closer to me....and not all that far from Memphis.
    Oh, Gary, I'm going to have to look into Carbondale, thanks! I lived in TX for so long, I don't think to look up in the Midwest area for events.
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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    I'll be returning to the Henley Classic (2.1K upstream in the Thames following the Royal Regatta rowing course), Big Shoulders (as usual), and I got hooked on the 10K Swim to the Moon so I might go there again.

    I'll sprinkle in some 5K's in Ohio.

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    St. Croix is a great swim, highly recommended!

    For me, this year I have two new swims: El Cruce in May and Stage 7 of 8 Bridges in June. El Cruce is a 10K crossing from Cancun to Isla Mujeres that swims right over an underwater museum. And am very excited to be going with two women I met during the Bermuda 10K and one from my pool who I hooked on the joys of open water. Stage 7 is going to satisfy a dream I've had since starting to swim of swimming past the Statue of Liberty.

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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    I am going to try to arrange to do the Dakar-Goree swim this year, at the end of September. It's about 5K. I'd also like to do the Goleta to Santa Barbara 10K.

    That El Cruce event looks fantastic. I will have to try it, but not this year.

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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    I HIGHLY recommend The Best Fest Open Water Swimming Festival on the island of Mallorca. So much so, that I created a separate thread.

    It's difficult for me to travel far for only one swim...especially if they are short...so The Best Fest, with 8 events in 7 days, is WONDERFUL.

    Worth the consideration.

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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    Quote Originally Posted by srcoyote View Post
    ...Big Shoulders (as usual)...
    With the apparent demise of the La Rolla Rough Water Gatorman (historically the same weekend as Big Shoulders and my favorite OW weekend), I am going to try to make the trek to Chicago this year and finally attempt Big Shoulders.

    By the way, if anyone has any insight into what's going on with the La Jolla event, I'd appreciate it.

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    Last I'd heard about La Jolla is that the sea lions have taken it over so much that the water is constantly contaminated by their poop. The last two years, I believe, the levels have been so high that they didn't want to risk people getting sick. When I was a kid growing up out there, you'd only see a couple, but now, they're all over the cliffs there.

    Sounds like some great races/events listed here. I hadn't heard about the 10k in Mexico. I said I'd never go back there, but that sounds like a fun race. And Mallorca is one I've been eyeballing for a few years now. Won't be this year, but someday. Hmmm....

    Who else? What fun events?
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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    2018 is going to be my first year swimming /competing in open water events. I grew up swimming in normal pool swim meets and now that I'm older and have kids I'm looking to get back into shape but have a different venue of competition. I grew up swimming in lakes and so I thought why not try open water. 😀 As the year is approaching I am trying to figure out which OW events to go to this year. I want to stay with in a few hours of Dover, De. I am looking at the Jim McDonnell lake swim, escape to Lewes, and possibly one in PA(I forget the name). I was going to only try 1 or 2 milers at this point. Does anyone have any suggestions on good events on the east coast for a first timer or any general tips for OW competitions? Thanks in advance!!!

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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    [QUOTE=LBarker;324152]2018 is going to be my first year swimming /competing in open water events. I grew up swimming in normal pool swim meets and now that I'm older and have kids I'm looking to get back into shape but have a different venue of competition.


    My observation (and take it for what it's worth, I don't have much experience) is that former competitive swimmers are amazing in open water swims. Even after decades, they just seem to excel compared to us 'adult-onset' swimmers. Good luck and have fun, it's a great time to be in love with open water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    With the apparent demise of the La Rolla Rough Water Gatorman (historically the same weekend as Big Shoulders and my favorite OW weekend), I am going to try to make the trek to Chicago this year and finally attempt Big Shoulders.
    Hope you make it to Chicago. Big Shoulders is such a well-run and fun event, and the conditions are ever unpredictable. It is my year-to-year staple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBarker View Post
    2018 is going to be my first year swimming /competing in open water events. I grew up swimming in normal pool swim meets and now that I'm older and have kids I'm looking to get back into shape but have a different venue of competition. I grew up swimming in lakes and so I thought why not try open water.  As the year is approaching I am trying to figure out which OW events to go to this year. I want to stay with in a few hours of Dover, De. I am looking at the Jim McDonnell lake swim, escape to Lewes, and possibly one in PA(I forget the name). I was going to only try 1 or 2 milers at this point. Does anyone have any suggestions on good events on the east coast for a first timer or any general tips for OW competitions? Thanks in advance!!!
    I've always wanted to try the 2 Bridges swim in Poughkeepsie.

    And I was an age grouper and high school swimmer (a sprinter) who after a long lay off joined the open water ranks. It is a different animal. Swimming straight, pacing, and mental toughness play a larger role. Many who are faster than I in the pool finish behind me in open water. I'd suggest your first swim, if possible, to be in a relatively small field. Large groups of triathletes make for a brutal race start.

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    Starting off with Swim Ft. Lauterdale in January. Don't know after that as I am having a hard time finding a 2018 event calendar for Florida. Seems like most of them have not been updated yet. I may (shudder) be forced to try a swim meet ... like in a pool. Yup, get my fat rear end on a starting block for the first time since college 30 years ago. Then again, don't like the sound of that, nope... I'll wait for calendar.

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    SwimMiami has 3-4 OW events thru the year with the first one being in March. Thereís a well-run 2.4 miler in Jacksonville in August.. Hammerhead
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    Re: What are your 2018 events?

    Quote Originally Posted by srcoyote View Post
    I've always wanted to try the 2 Bridges swim in Poughkeepsie.

    And I was an age grouper and high school swimmer (a sprinter) who after a long lay off joined the open water ranks. It is a different animal. Swimming straight, pacing, and mental toughness play a larger role. Many who are faster than I in the pool finish behind me in open water. I'd suggest your first swim, if possible, to be in a relatively small field. Large groups of triathletes make for a brutal race start.
    I was in 2 Bridges a couple years ago. Great, well-organized event, generous spread of food, nice swag! Tough part was swimming against the current in the Hudson (oblong course, so part of it was with, part against). I had to take a dnf b/c it 2as such tough going against the current that I was over the time limit.

    Still, I recommend the swim.... you're a strong swimmer, do it'll likely not be an issue for you, as it was for me. And gotta give a shout-out to the "swim angels." Wouldn't have made it to the first bridge stanchion without my angelic companion, who gave me some really helpful tips, like swimming closer to shore (I know, probably obvious stuff for the more experienced, but 2 yrs ago, I was clueless about strong river currents).

    Short form: go for it!



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    I'm planning on the 24 hour relay in SF Bay, even though I may be crazy swimming there in cold water w an aggressive sea lion in the vicinity. But I haven't been to SF for years, and I loved it, earthquake and all when I last visited.

    Great South Bay Swim likely on my list b/c they're wonderful people who organize it.

    Charles Bender Memorial Marathon Swim, as a relay. I've done the 8 mile distance, and was thinking I'd do the relay for a change, plus a friend wants to increase her swim distance.

    And, crossing fingers I get in, Swim the Suck. I understand it sells out fast. If not that, I want to do some kind of 10 or double digit mile swim. STS looking like a good choice for a 1st double digit mile swim.... granted, maybe more of a 10k in terms of effort, if there's a dam release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FindingMyInnerFish View Post
    I was in 2 Bridges a couple years ago. Great, well-organized event, generous spread of food, nice swag! Tough part was swimming against the current in the Hudson (oblong course, so part of it was with, part against). I had to take a dnf b/c it 2as such tough going against the current that I was over the time limit.

    Still, I recommend the swim.... you're a strong swimmer, do it'll likely not be an issue for you, as it was for me. And gotta give a shout-out to the "swim angels." Wouldn't have made it to the first bridge stanchion without my angelic companion, who gave me some really helpful tips, like swimming closer to shore (I know, probably obvious stuff for the more experienced, but 2 yrs ago, I was clueless about strong river currents).

    Short form: go for it!



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    Thanks! I might. I have done a similar layout in the Ohio River near Louisville a few times.

    And on the SF Bay. I just had the opportunity to swim there in October. What a fantastic place to swim. Swimming in Berkeley Harbor, every breath to the west produced the SF skyline and the Golden Gate. Magnificent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srcoyote View Post
    Thanks! I might. I have done a similar layout in the Ohio River near Louisville a few times.

    And on the SF Bay. I just had the opportunity to swim there in October. What a fantastic place to swim. Swimming in Berkeley Harbor, every breath to the west produced the SF skyline and the Golden Gate. Magnificent.
    Last time I was in SF, I wasn't an open water swimmer, just swam laps for exercise, so a chance to see a whole different side of it.... just hope the aquatic wildlife spares me!

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