The Lure Of High Lake Swimming

The Lure Of High Lake Swimming

At an elevation of 4,688 feet (1,428 meters), in the last week of August, Cultus Lake was just high enough to keep us above the unpleasant heatwave passing through the lower lands and yet not leave us quite breathless. The water was crystal clear, pleasantly cool...
A Good Reason To Hold Your Breath

A Good Reason To Hold Your Breath

[I apologize for posting a week late – I was caught up in preparations and then marrying off one of my daughters this last weekend! It went very well, thank you. I intend to write an extra post soon to make up for that week.] In the previous post, I pointed out...
Flip Turns Or Open Turns At The Wall?

Flip Turns Or Open Turns At The Wall?

If you are one of those who have began pool swimming as an adult, you may have noticed how many people do those fast flip turns (also known as tumble turns) and shoot back off the wall powerfully, then travel quite far down the lane before breaking the surface to...
Amazing Things Can Happen In A Week

Amazing Things Can Happen In A Week

I would guess that the average number of practices a week for those reading this is three days a week. I know of some whose schedule permits less and some whose schedule permits more. When we add up the interruptions and challenges in our routines over the months, we...
Delightful Swimming In The Dominican Republic

Delightful Swimming In The Dominican Republic

We just completed a week of delightful open water swimming in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean Sea. The sea water was 79 F (26 C), with mostly sunny skies in the 80’s, a little wind, a little swell, a little rain all mixing in for an enjoyable...
Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 2

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 2

Continued from Part 1. How Much Is Enough To Be Comfortable? When someone asks me a version of this question, I need to know a few things to help guide them toward an answer that is more suitable to their personal situation: How do you want to finish this event:...