Friday linkfest

It’s a slow time of year for open water; hence the recent dearth of links posts. Amid blizzards and iced covered lakes, it’s easy to forget it’s actually summer in the other half of the world. What’s the latest from Down Under?


One of the more epic events on the Australian open water calendar took place last Saturday. The Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7K (12.2 mile) dash from Cottesloe Beach near Perth to Rottnest Island. 148 solo swimmers successfully finished (plus numerous relays) – a humongous field for a swim of that distance!

Rotto (as it’s affectionately nicknamed) is definitely high on my bucket list, and would provide a perfect escape from Chicago in February. In the meantime, I can salivate over other folks’ race reports (thank you, interwebs). Here are two great ones:

  • Paul Newsome – the man behind Swim Smooth and the Feel for the Water blog – finished 11th overall. Read his report here.
  • Oliver Wilkinson, who finished 2nd overall, recounts his experience here.


In other news, I’ve been working on my kick. Not so much the power of my kick (which is OK), but the integration of my kick with the rest of my stroke (which, as I recently learned, has some issues). More on that later… but it’s a good excuse to link over to The Race Club. If you’re not familiar, the Race Club swim camps are run by Gary Hall, Sr. – one of the greatest American swimmers and an Olympian in 1968, ’72, and ’76.

Their website is a goldmine of information on swim technique. I particularly enjoyed the recent “Secret Leg Tips” series. In four videos, Hall discusses propulsionliftstabilization, and inertia.


Finally, friend-of-the-blog IronMike penned a detailed review of the inaugural issue of H20pen Magazine. The review is in four parts: one, two, three, four. Thanks Mike!

Fall at the Point

I don’t take pictures very often. When I do, I often forget to upload them to my computer… which means they’ll just sit there on the camera for months at a time before I remember to check them out.

Here are some pictures I took last fall at Promontory Point. Besides being the best swim spot in Chicago, the Point is also one of the more beautiful public parks you’ll ever see. In case you couldn’t tell: I love this place.