I started the blog at the end of summer in 2008. It began as a way for me to keep track of my workouts and keep myself motivated to continue going to the pool by myself to get better, faster, and less fat. So far so good. My first trip back into a pool came out to grand total of 200 agonizing yards, fortunately I’ve gotten much better!

Since then the blog has taken on a life of its own and grown to levels I never expected! I’ve meet so many cool people and gotten the opportunity to do so much cool stuff all by shouting into the internet, I really can’t believe it! At the beginning of the year I was getting around 10 visitors a day, now I’m seeing 3000+ a month and it’s still growing! You can see below how things have grown as time went by in 2009…

In 2009 RobAquatics had visitors from every state in the US and 122 different countries! The blog visited and recapped 26 swim events from 4 different Masters LMSCs (SPMA, PMS, SIMA, & ILMSA), including 3 USMS National Championship events (1 pool, 2 open water). I got to swim workouts with about 10 different Masters teams/workout groups. I also took the blog to the US Aquatic Sports Convention in Chicago and reported what was going on in the USMS House of Delegates. 2010 looks to be even bigger and I have some really cool stuff that I’m working on right now that I think you’ll like!!!

Thank you to everyone that’s been a reader this year, everyone that’s left comments (here on the blog, on facebook, or twitter), everyone who has introduced themselves to me on the pool deck, all of my volunteer photographers and cinematographers, and those of you brave enough to try and zip me into various techsuits behind the blocks :) This has been such a good thing in my life, and I hope you guys like it as well. It all really means a lot to me and I appreciate your readership and your friendship.

Thank you all again for a fantastic year and I hope to get a chance to meet as many of you as I can in the water in 2010!

5 Responses to “A Look Back at 2009 for RobAquatics”

  1. James says:

    I feel like I am swimming with a celebrity. No paparazzi on the pool deck!

    By the way, I think I will attempt that 10000 meters on Sat morning at Kennedy. If you want to drop in on the fun…

  2. Rob D says:

    Hardly, but thank you :) I'm still amazed people read all this!

    Since I have to work through New Years Day I think I might be into a 10k on Saturday… what time are you going to get going?

  3. James says:

    I think the club opens at 8, so, start up by 8:30 so we are not in the pool till the afternoon (lol).

  4. Rob D says:

    Cool, assuming I can get out of bed that early on Saturday I'm in!

  5. Gruntor says:

    Rob, thanks for writing this awesome blog. I am in the process of reading it from the beginning to most recent. I am really interested in your transition into an open water swimmer and doing some marathon swims. I am an aspiring marathon swimmer at the very beginning of my journey, so your blog is very inspiring. I found it from freshwaterswimmer.