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Old 11-22-2009
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...there are lots of other reasons, but this one in particular has brought me much joy!
Get your air sickness bags ready... In a sense, since you mentioned it, I guess I train for the joy of it in general. It feels better to do it than to not do it. If I were to compete against someone with the same mindset, we would both win.
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Old 11-23-2009
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87 days ago I had rotator cuff surgery. I`m training to for an Alcatraz swim on June 6. I have been doing balance drills,..lots of kicking,..Friday I actually swam 25 meters...12 strokes. Get out of my way.
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Old 11-28-2009
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I am through my first real 'season' of swimming, my longest swim was a tide assisted 10K in Germany; my toughest swim was the 5K at Coney Island, my coldest swim was in the fjords in Norway and a swim into the current of one of the feeding streams there.
I train for the exercise, for the joy of it, but mostly for the open water experience- no OW swim is ever the same. I am training for some longer OW swims next year (Chesapeake? if I can get a spot, maybe the swim from Fire Island back to shore), and long term I want to test if I can swim a real marathon eg MIMS...
My short term goal is to get faster in the water, it is very tough to swim in currents without a bit of speed...
Andreas.
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Old 12-18-2009
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I cannot find the words to describe the joy , fear, and freedom I experience when I swim out to the B Buoy @ the La Jolla Cove in San Diego. When the swells hide the shore, when the kelp paddies offer me a place to rest, when the pelicans warp past and the sea lions investigate,..I find I`m in another world where the cares of this world drown.
RVL, look for me out there starting around Feb 10 until about Apr 10.
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Old 12-18-2009
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I am currently (no pun) training for a season of 4 marathon swims:
Tampa Bay
MIMS
Catalina
English Channel

I have secured a place in MIMS, and my EC pilot, Paul Foreman, sent me my contract today. My EC slot is for the tidal window of aug 28 - sept 6, 2010 but i plan to be in dover a week prior and will be prepared to swim on the spring tide on a nice day. (my position is #3).
I will try to schedule the Catalina swim for the 3rd week in July, but the tide charts are not out yet, and i will have to wait until December to do the booking.

TB and MIMS are fixed dates... April 17, and June 12 respectively.

I've got a 2011 slot booked for the EC as well.
I'm training for virtually the same series of swims as Dave.
March 22 Maui Channel (Lana'i to Maui) with Dave
April 17 Tampa Bay Marathon
June 7-8 Catalina Channel
Aug (sometime) English Channel

But that's looking at my reasons through a relatively small lens. Through a larger lens I'm training for a happy, healthy, long life.

And to answer still another way, I swim as a journey of personal growth.

I don't swim for exercise, but it's implicit that I get exercise as part of the bargain. I rarely give that aspect even a passing thought.
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Old 12-18-2009
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RVL, look for me out there starting around Feb 10 until about Apr 10.
Terry, do you do parties? My birthday is 10 April. I'm on the other side of the country though. Don't worry, I will eat your slice of cake. hehe
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