Author Archives: Allison

Summer of 2013 ocean swims


I’m long overdue for a post, but wanted to update on the races I will hopefully complete this summer!

*I hope to do this one, if I’m well trained enough before I leave for Brazil!


Inaugural Seaport Swim (1/2 mile and 2 miles) – Washington, DC

Where will you be on Sunday, June 26? Why not race in the inaugural Seaport Swim at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C.?

The event benefits the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, which helps at-risk youth turn their lives around and provides families, community groups, and schools with meaningful educational, social, and recreational experiences.

You can register at Lin-Mark Sports. You must be a member of USMS to enter. The 1/2-mile race is $45, and the 2-miler is $85. The 1/2 miler begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 8 a.m. 2-miler, and the races are wetsuit legal.

Pancake Pentathlon Swim Meet (San Diego)

Get ready for open-water season in Southern California with a pool meet! Join the San Diego Imperial LMSC for an SCY swim meet at the Mission Valley YMCA on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Warm-ups begin at 9 a.m., and the meet starts at 10 a.m. There is a $20 flat fee to enter in advance; the fee is $30 the day of.

Pancake Pentathlon Entry [.doc]

“Open Water Swimming” is bicoastal

Allison recently moved to San Diego, Calif. What does this mean for readers? We’ll be featuring more events, race reports and open-water information from both sides of the United States. For those of you who are curious, she’ll be training with the UCSD Masters Swim Team (LMSC: San Diego Swim Masters) and the La Jolla Cove Swim club. Stay tuned to watch Open Water Swim become transcontinental!

La Jolla Cove

Recommended Reading

NEW: Be sure to visit our Recommended Reading page. We’ll be posting information on and reviews of swim technique and OW swimming-related books. First up: Young Woman and the Sea, an inspiring memoir of Trudy Ederle’s life and quest to swim the English Channel.

If we’ve forgotten your favorite swim-related book, please leave a comment.

Jack King Ocean Swim to be held 6/27/10

Though the temperature in the Atlantic is currently 43 degrees, likely all of Virginia is looking forward to the summer and race season.

The annual Jack King Ocean Swim will be held at 10 a.m. on 6/27/10. Note that this is one week later than usual. It’s $25 to enter, $30 if postmarked after 6/7/10, and $50 on race day. Pre-registered entrants receive T-shirts. The course is the same as previous years: An in-water start at 24th Street with a finish at 38th Street. Awards are given in standard master’s age groups (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.)

Jack King Application 2010 [.pdf]

Update: H2o Audio Interval Headphone System

Today, I experimented with the H2o Audio Interval Headphone System a second time. It worked flawlessly. Here are the tweaks that made all the difference:

  • Bigger earbuds: I brought ALL of the earbuds to the pool, and used a larger set than last time. They didn’t fall out once, and the sound was crystal clear.
  • Ponytail placement: Feeling like I was back in the 80s, I put my hair in a side ponytail (opposite of where the goggle clip was on the strap) and then wrapped it in my usual bun — but on the side of my head rather than directly in the center.
  • Unit placement: Then, I placed the unit in the middle of the back of my head, free of the bump of the bun it rested on (or under, or above) last time.
  • Goggles: Because I did the above and the unit wasn’t competing for head space with my hair, I didn’t need to tighten my goggles at all. Everything stayed in place for the hour I swam.

Because of the splashing sound my arms and legs made, I DID notice I needed to turn the volume up a little when I was swimming versus just kicking. But I was able to listen to an hour-long podcast, which was never possible before this device.

Now, I just have to find those goggles that don’t get foggy.