What are your swim goals for 2020?

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited January 8 in General Discussion

This thread has become tradition around here - I think it's the 6th year!

Anyone have goals they want to share? It's OK if you don't, but sometimes a small public commitment is the difference between swimming and snoozing the alarm.

nooravalkonenStephen

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  • SwimNCSwimNC Charlotte Member
    1. Rough water experience.

    2. Prompting long distance training camps in the US. Options in Boston (Elaine) and/or San Fran (Evan/SERC) would be huge. If only we had a domestic superstar OW marathoner (Sarah) who would agree to sign on...

    Just throwing it out there. As much as we all love global travel, finances/work/life limit the ability to do so annually.

    evmophodgeszoho
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    @SwimNC said: Options in Boston (Elaine) and/or San Fran (Evan/SERC) would be huge.

    Camp organizing isn’t really my thing, but I agree, would be cool to have equivalent of HTW or CDW in the USA.

    Sara_WolfSwimNC
  • musclewhale89musclewhale89 Alberta, CanadaNew Member

    I did my first Ironman last summer and the swim portion was by far my favourite part so I have signed up for my first 10km swim in September of 2020!

    evmoflystormsLakeBaggerSolophodgeszoho
  • PasqualePasquale Antwerp (Belgium)Member
    edited January 8

    Last year completed my first 10km.. this year plan to do 1 or 2 10km and a 10miles at the end of the season... But i still have to find a swim... Any suggestions for something around 10miles end of July beginning August in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy or anywhere between..

    evmophodgeszohokipariz
  • edited January 8

    @evmo said:

    @SwimNC said: Options in Boston (Elaine) and/or San Fran (Evan/SERC) would be huge.

    Camp organizing isn’t really my thing, but I agree, would be cool to have equivalent of HTW or CDW in the USA.

    I've always thought Maine would be a beautiful spot for something like this... @slknight @kejoyce

    evmo
  • @thelittlemerwookie when I saw this post I thought the same thing (though to be fair at any given moment I'm usually thinking about swimming in Maine :) )

    So many islands to swim to/from/around!

    I lack organization skills, though.

    evmothelittlemerwookiephodgeszoho
  • AzskiAzski Prescott, ArizonaMember

    2018 was filled w logistics and financial commitments for a couple challenging unprecedented swims.2019 I thought I'd let organizers handle logistic, entered competetive events, raced too hard and injured myself....
    2020 will be a year of reflection(=enjoyment for an aging athlete)and personal growth(=challenging, creative swims). I want to capitalize on the opertunities MSF presents to document unique aquatic adventures. Not too long, not too complicated, just fun. I'm planning an international swim between Mexico and S. Calf., and an island crossing in the nearly untouched(by marathon swimmers) Lake Michigan.
    Finding balance.....

    evmoCopelj26Solophodgeszoho
  • I've got Swim around Lido on the Calendar, with Swim the Suck also a goal. I have the signup date already posted on my calendar.
    Other than those two....swimming year-round outside on the weekends. The big challenge there will be that my tried and true reliable kayakker is likely moving away in May....so, I need to find someone else who is willing to go every weekend.

  • nooravalkonennooravalkonen FinlandNew Member
    edited January 9

    Today I’ve been swimming 200 days every day and I’m gonna keep going! It’s not a goal, though, more like a habit/routine.

    I’m also interested in seeing how long and how much I can actually swim.

    #swimstreak

    phodgeszoho
  • musclewhale89musclewhale89 Alberta, CanadaNew Member

    @nooravalkonen said:
    Today I’ve been swimming 200 days every day and I’m gonna keep going! It’s not a goal, though, more like a habit/routine.

    I’m also interested in seeing how long and how much I can actually swim.

    #swimstreak

    How far do you typically swim when your doing it everyday?

  • miklcctmiklcct Kowloon, Hong KongMember
    edited January 9

    My swimming goals for 2020:

    1. To complete my first >= 16 km
    2. To get my 10 km time down to 3:40 (in line with my goal running for a marathon in 3:40)
    3. To qualify for the cross harbour race in Hong Kong

    P.S. a 50 km running is considered an ultra so in the original post I thought that anything over 10 km swimming was an ultra as well.

    nooravalkonen
  • bruckbruck San FranciscoMember

    @miklcct said: 1. To complete my first ultra (>= 16 km)

    Great goal to complete your first 16km, but since when is 16km an "ultra"?

  • abeabe australiaMember

    @miklcct said:
    My swimming goals for 2020:

    1. To complete my first >= 16 km
    2. To get my 10 km time down to 3:40 (in line with my goal running for a marathon in 3:40)
    3. To qualify for the cross harbour race in Hong Kong

    P.S. a 50 km running is considered an ultra so in the original post I thought that anything over 10 km swimming was an ultra as well.

    you are super human 10km in 3:40

  • nooravalkonennooravalkonen FinlandNew Member

    @musclewhale89 — It depends! Weekdays is usually around 2,5-4 K in the early morning. Weekends back-to-backs something ”longer” i.e. 5-5,5 K at the moment. I’m working my way up to swimming 10 kilometers.

    If I have felt totally tired or if I’ve done some weight training in the morning too, I’ve just done one K or drills in the kids pool. ☺️

  • StephenStephen UKMember

    North Channel end of July. Derwent River Big Swim end of December. Just started feeling nervous..

    PasqualeSolophodgeszoho
  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    My 2020 goals:
    1) Swim at least 200 miles;
    2) Complete Rose Pitonoff;
    3) Complete Swim the Suck;
    4) Find a partner for the 2-mile relay at the Jim McDonnell Lake Swim in Reston, VA.

    SoloStephen

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • KatieBunKatieBun CornwallSenior Member

    My 2020 goals......for what is effectively my year off.
    Help to run the BLDSA Distance Weekend.
    Run a Channel relay swimmer team training weekend for a friend.
    Swim the Jubilee River 10k.
    Swim Torbay (Meadfoot to Brixham and back) 8 miles.
    Swim a local 5k event and 6k swim festival to support wonderful local event company.
    Keep my swimbuddies company for their training.
    Do some EC observing, as much as I can fit in.
    Crew for anybody I can help in EC or Cornwall to Scilly.
    Bucket around Scotland in the campervan.

    evmoPasqualej9swimflystormsSoloStephenphodgeszoho
  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member

    @KatieBun - that's not a year off, that sounds like a karma balancing year. giving back and supporting others and still doing you. well done!

    flystormsKatieBun
  • sosophiaphiasosophiaphia Colorado USAMember
    • Continue to work on reducing my fear of open water, which is still my #1 limiting factor in this hobby.
    • Swim something in the 20 mile / 30K / 10 hour range. Details TBD.
    • Support at least as many events as I swim.
    Solobatches
  • KatieBunKatieBun CornwallSenior Member

    @j9swim said:
    @KatieBun - that's not a year off, that sounds like a karma balancing year. giving back and supporting others and still doing you. well done!

    @j9swim cheers for that! It may be a good way forward after 2021..... do a few shorter things for fun and get involved in all sorts of other ways.

  • batchesbatches Littleton, COMember

    Lots of goals, and huge plans for 2020, but the one I'll list here is to do the Horsetooth 10K swim breaststroke. Then I'll have done that 10K in each of the four strokes.

    phodgeszohokejoyceJustSwimnooravalkonenjendutSwimNCj9swim
  • phodgeszohophodgeszoho UKSenior Member

    After a year and a half away from serious swimming to recover from a shoulder injury, I have gone and done something stupid! Signed up for the 8 Bridges in June/July.

    I think subconsciously I like setting myself up to fail... :-/

    KatieBunmiklcctJustSwimSwimNCStephen
  • MoCoMoCo Worcester, MAMember

    Get my lazy bum back in the pool consistently, race some things in the 1-3 mile range while I rebuild my base.

    Sara_WolfflystormsDuganaddyCopelj26thelittlemerwookie
  • abeabe australiaMember

    Goals this year 10km start of May as need a 4hour qualifier (miss out by 1 month from last year) for 21.5km Swim The Gold Coast. The 10km will be a nice training session and a good ocean swimmer prior to the 21.5km.

    Good luck to everyone 2020

    Solothelittlemerwookie
  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member

    The Length of Lake Tahoe - everything else this season is building towards that. I'm a romantic about swimming and have been looking to fall in love with something that would take me over 10 hours. Channels hadn't really grabbed me, Lake George seemed too big and Memphremagog scared me. But swimming at night across Lake Tahoe last summer, i was so happy. So in August I'll go back to see if last summer was a fling or the real deal.

    nooravalkonenSoloKatieBunjendutIronMikethelittlemerwookierlmJustSwim
  • Tory1340Tory1340 Metrowest MANew Member

    2020 swim goals? I have two competing goals that are also complementary:
    1. USMS Go-the Distance challenge to beat last year's total (~760 miles). Currently ahead of goal pace.
    2. Lake Winnipesaukee (NH) Alton Bay to Center Harbor, approx 21 miles. I've been yapping about this for nearly two years - time to put up or shut up.
    The silly SCY total has taught me how to shut off my brain and keep whacking along in the water.

    DuganaddySoloIronMike
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