It begins…

My 2011 open water season officially begins this Saturday, at the Nike Swim Miami. The 10K main event is scheduled for 10am EDT, and will be streamed live on the web at Swimming World TV (and syndicated here).

There’s a new venue this year – the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island. According to the promotional materials, the Yacht Club offers “cleaner water and a more beautiful backdrop,” as well as the opportunity to “swim past homes of notorious celebrities, one of which is Gloria Estefan’s residence.” Wait…what?

Because, let’s be honest: The biggest issue with the previous venue is that we didn’t get to swim past Gloria Estefan’s house.

Yacht Club = red | Marine Stadium = blue

The course has also changed a bit – a 5 laps of 2K rather than 4 laps of 2.5K – to reflect the layout of the 2012 London Olympics course.

It will be my first race and first non-chlorinated swim (with one brief exception) since October. Time to dust off the cobwebs!

As some of you know, I did this race last year (my first 10K). Amazing what a comedy of errors it seems in retrospect. Should be plenty of room for improvement.

11 thoughts on “It begins…”

    1. haha… unfortunately that sad little piece of lycra was the least of my problems that day. TYR Tracer Light jammer this time.

      1. Good luck Saturday! I’ll try and catch the live feed while am work. I’m going to close my web browser 2 hours and 15 minutes after the 10K start — just saying.

  1. I judge all venues based on their proximity to Gloria Estefan’s house… it may be advantageous to get some of her music stuck in your head for the race?

    “Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga… I know you can’t control yourself any longer…” oh yeah, that’s 10k music… all I’m saying is don’t fight it ’til you tried it, do that conga beat

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