me getting in the water at last year's Santa Cruz Roughwater Swim

Through the magic of in flight wireless I’m writing somewhere above Nebraska as I make moves back towards California with plans of actually staying in my own state until September! Although I really enjoy floating all over the rest of the country, it’s going to be really nice to spend some time away from airports and in colder water! I still have plenty of racing to do however, here’s what’s next on the agenda…

I’m going to start with a brief excursion to the pool for SPMA LCM Championships in Fullerton this coming weekend. Right now the plan is to pop in for just a day. I should be on deck Sunday swimming a few events. I’m not even remotely ready for LCM swimming right now, but I really wanted to go down south and see my SPMA friends… it’s been way too long since I’ve swam anything in SoCal!

The weekend after I’ll be up in Santa Cruz for 2 Races. I’m doing the Santa Cruz Roughwater swim for the second year in a row, and trying out the Cruz Cruise (2 miler) for the first time. I really love it up around the Monterey Bay so I’m excited to have an excuse to be up there for a weekend.

I have some weekend space in my schedule after that isn’t accounted for just yet. Not sure if I should spend a weekend at home, run off to a race, or maybe do a big swim locally… that’s still being debated in my head.

After that is my favorite race, the Naples Island Swim! Like in previous years I’m swimming the 1 Miler (which is really 1.25 miles) and I really want to go fast this year. I’m more than ready for the distance at this point, the water should be mid 60′s which is my favorite and I know the course pretty well. I’ve been 2nd in my age group the last 2 years and this time around I really want to win it, especially seeing as it’s my last chance in the 25-29 age group!

At the end of August I’ll be down in Orange County for Corona Del Mar which is a 1 Mile Open Water Championship race for SPMA. I’ve never done this race but I hear it’s pretty good, plus one of my new open water friends from Virginia who swam a few USMS Championship races with me will be out there which will be cool (besides the part where he’s really fast and in my age group).

As it stands right now my open water race season ends with Big Shoulders in Chicago. I swam this last year and it’s a really cool event. The view from the water while you’re swimming is ridiculous… you’re right in the city and can see all the skyscrapers, totally unique venue.

the view from Ohio Street Beach, the site of Big Shoulders

It’s entirely possible that I’ll find something after Big Shoulders to sneak into (considering a swim in Arizona in October), but for right now that’s all I’ve got.

I was talking with my coach last night after my 10k swim and I told her that my summer tour kinda of felt like one big training mission. It’s like I’m getting ready for something and I just don’t know what it is yet. I think I’ve decided that I want to adventure further out into the world of open water and marathon swimming. I have some ideas in the back of my head of things I may want to attempt to accomplish, but first I need to continue to gain experience and build my stamina… then conquer the world :)

2 Responses to “The Rob Aquatics Summer Tour, Phase 2: California and Beyond”

  1. Evan says:

    Like I told you yesterday, you are all over these cold water races.

  2. Rob D says:

    I can’t wait till the end of the month. I’ve got 2 races in Santa Cruz. Last year the water temp topped out at 59… that’s way more my speed than 85! Hopefully I can lay down some good swims while I’m up there.