A little while back some of my open water blogger buddies posted their 2011 swim schedules and I wanted to play along but I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to get away with this year. I went pretty deep on 2010′s swim tour so the swim fund is running a little low and I’m going to have to get creative this year! Anyways, here’s my list of where I want to go… how many of these are going to happen I have no idea but a boy can dream right? :)

  • Santa Barbara Channel (Anacapa to Oxnard) 12.4 miles – June? - my buddy Dave VM did this swim last year and really enjoyed it. I went and listened to him talk about it at a Central Coast Triathlon Club meeting not too long ago and decided that I’d really like to give it a shot as well. I’m thinking that this would be a rad 30th birthday present to myself… we’ll see!
  • Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon Swim 8.12 Miles – June 11th – this one just sounds all kinds of interesting… 8 miles in super salty water with some major buoyancy-tastical properties compared to just regular sea water!
  • Noblesville 25k – Indiana – June 18th – 25k dude… that’s some serious distance! Luckily they decided to move the race up into June when the water will hopefully be cooler than what we endured during the 10k champs back in July.
  • Noblesville Reservoir before the 10k in 2010

  • Luleå Midnight Swim 1500m & 3000m – July 1-2 – I heard about this one today and it totally captured my imagination! There’s two races and both of them start at 11:45 PM, which in July in Sweden happens to be broad daylight! I used to live in Sweden and would love to use this as an excuse to return to Scandinavia and see some friends and speak some Swedish. If anybody wants to go and bring a Swedish Speaking Swim Interpreter I’m your guy!
  • Kingdom Swim 10 miles – Vermont – July 9th – this is one of the few sure things on my list because I already paid for it! I still need to figure out how to get to Vermont, but my entry and kayaker are all ready and paid for.
  • Naples Island Swim 1.25 miles – July/August? – this is the swim that started it all for me! I’ve been to it 3 years in a row and been a sponsor the last 2. If I can help it I will be on the beach ready to hop into Alamitos Bay whenever this event happens to go down this year!
  • start of the 2008 Naples Island Swim

  • Santa Cruz Rough Water & Cruz Cruise – late July – I’ve done the rough water twice and the Cruz Cruise one time. Both are fun and well run. I like this swim because I’m a former Monterey resident and this is an excellent excuse to visit the bay for a while.
  • Santa Cruz Rough Water 2009

  • Pennock Island Challenge 8.2 miles – Alaska – August – 8.2 miles in cold water in Alaska? What about this wouldn’t I like? The desire to do this one is high but so is the cost to get there…
  • Lake Tahoe Crossing 11 miles – August, TBD – My friend Karen invited me up to do a crossing this summer and there’s no way I could say no to that! We still need to workout which weekend and stuff like that, but I’m really stoked to get that swim under my belt. I’ve never even been to Tahoe before so I think that this would an awesome first impression!
  • Madison Open Water Swim 2.4 miles – Wisconsin – August 20th – I’m a native Wisconsinite so anytime I can sneak in a trip to the homeland it’s a good deal for me… well as long as it’s not winter, they can visit me instead when it’s snowing :)
  • Maui Channel Solo 9miles – September 3rd – My training partner Niel planted the seed on this one… the Avila swim group put together a relay a couple years back and we’re starting to look at one for 2011. I would probably gravitate more towards a solo crossing, but either way I’d just like to do some swims in Hawaii!
  • Big Shoulders 5k – September 11th – I’ve been to this race 2 years in a row and would love to do a 3rd swim at Ohio Street Beach. Chicago is a great town, Big Shoulders is an awesome event, and one of my favorite open water people (Evan from FreshwaterSwimmer.com) is a local which makes it even more fun
  • view from Lake Michigan during Big Shoulders 2010

  • Catalina Channel - October? - admittedly this is aiming a little high, I’m not sure if Catalina is in the cards just yet. I got to spend a little time in the Channel with the Swim22 relay last year and I have to say I could definitely see myself doing the whole thing one day.
  • support swimming in the Catalina Channel

  • CIBBOWS Veteran’s Day 5k – November – I loved my whirlwind Brooklyn adventure this past November and given the chance would go back in a heartbeat for some fun in cold water with the gang from CIBBOWS!
  • floating off of Coney Island in November of 2010

So there’s my list… 15 swims, 7 of them marathon swims, in 8 different states and two continents! After a quick review of my finances I’m thinking large portions of this may end up getting pruned a little bit :) But if I happen to have any independently wealthy swim fans or random businesses that have always wanted to sponsor a slow, fat, but moderately charming swim blogger now is the time!

On top of my own swims I’m hoping to be able to ride along and crew on friend’s swims here on the California coast. If I’m lucky I might be able to get in a few dips in the Catalina and Santa Barbara Channels while supporting my friends.

11 Responses to “2011 Open Water Wish List”

  1. Gords says:

    Hey Rob,

    If you can fly to Salt Lake City for the historic Great Salt Lake swim (Antelope Island to Blackrock beach) 8.12 miles. I’ll paddle it for you for free and comp the race entry. But just for you. We’d love to have you!

  2. Gords says:

    Oh yeah, it’s June 11th. Checkout the website: http://www.greatsaltlakeopenwater.com/

  3. IronMike says:

    Would love to join you in Sweden, but the fam and I should be in the UK then, and on that day possibly doing a swim on the Isle of Man. But if that falls through, I’ll try to meet you for the midnight swim!

  4. Rob D says:

    Gord – I can’t believe I forgot about your race! Fixed it, you’re on there now :) I may have to take you up on the paddling and race entry deal!

    Mike – the Swedish swim is my longest of long shots, I really want to be there but I don’t know how fiscally and job schedule compatible it’s going to be. I definitely let you know right away if I manage to get any Euro swims into my schedule!

  5. Gords says:

    Nice! Consider yourself registered then with a paddler. It will be nice to meet you in person and get a picture with matching suits.

  6. evan says:

    Cool list. Too bad that Sweden swim isn’t like 2 weeks later, seeing as I may be in Stockholm then anyway. In the meantime I’ll look forward to some good times on the shores of Lake Memphremagog!

  7. Rob D says:

    Gord – oh man if you have a Rob Aquatics suit too that makes it even harder to say no! I’ll have to start a Salt Lake travel fund now :) oh and buy an extra tub of Bag Balm just for the swim to make sure I don’t chafe to pieces!

    Evan – I look forward to our expedition to Vermont! Too bad you’ll be in Sweden a little too early for the swim in Lulea, either way you can’t lose being in Sweden in summer… it’s totally awesome there that time of year!

  8. Jim Birmingham says:

    Kingdom Swim is a good call. I am making the jump to the 10 mile after doing the 3 the last two years. It is a great event in a wonderful place. The town of Newport has a campground 100 yds. from the start/finish. We stayed there last year for the race and it was perfect. How long will you be in VT? Do you know where you will be staying? There is a lot of open water to explore here, I’d be psyched to show you around a bit.

  9. Rob D says:

    Jim – that’s what everybody keeps saying… apparently this corner of Vermont is borderline magical, I’ll have to go see for myself! As far as where I’m staying and when I’m getting there… no idea just yet. Hopefully in the next couple months I can figure out what days I can miss at work and how I’m getting places. If I’m in town long enough to go exploring I’m definitely interested in getting the full tour!

  10. Celeste says:

    Rob, I swim with Craig Lenning and some other open water crazies, and I’m considering doing the Maui Channel Swim solo this year too! Maybe I’ll see you there!

  11. Rob D says:

    Celeste – cool! I’m really hoping that I can afford to go to this one! As an added bonus there’s another swim that weekend on the island (2.4 miler I think) or you can jam over to Waikiki for the rough water swim to squeeze in a little extra Hawaiian swim time :)