Video: Open Water Swim With Rasmus Henning - Chest Cam

Check out this video from professional triathlete Rasmus Henning.  He strapped cameras to his chest for a unique view of his head, arms and also his legs while swimming.  I love the way the cameras tilts from side to side as his body rolls. 


The Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Swimming In The Great Salt Lake Open Water Swim

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming, one of the best online open water resources available, made mention of the Great Salt Lake Open Water Swim that Gordon Gridley and I are organizing on their blog today.
We are anticipating a race date of June 11, 2011 and are just waiting for our permit to be approved before we open registration.  We will have 1 mile and 8.12 mile point-to-point distances with both wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions.  The race is sanctioned by USMS (Sanction ##341-001OS).

We have set up a new Facebook Page for the event.  "Like" us to keep up to date on the latest developments, ask questions and give us your suggestions and ideas.

If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer at the race or know of company that would like to become a sponsor, please email me at joshuakgreen@gmail.com or leave a comment below.


Holiday Savings on the 2nd Annual Slam the Dam Open Water Swim at Lake Mead

If you are looking to save some money on next year's race season, the good folks at Swim Las Vegas and Slam the Dam are offering a $10 discount on registration for the 2nd Annual swim if you register between December 13th and 14th.  You can click here to register on Active.com.

I was lucky to be able to make the trip to Lake Mead last year and participate in the inaugural event.  Kara Robertson and her team put on a great race.  A combination of being very well organized, having helpful and energetic volunteers and a beautiful location made it one of my most memorable swims of last year.  You can read my post race recap here.

We had a pretty good turnout from Utah last year and I am hoping that we can get even more people to make the trip next year!


How to Repair Your Wetsuit

Wetsuits are expensive and also delicate (which is not a great combination).  Since they fit tightly by design, the neoprene is prone to tearing if you pull too hard or forget to clip your nails.  Luckily, I have not torn my wetsuit yet, but I know that day will eventually come.  Here is a nicely made "how-to" video that was posted on Matador Sports for when you need to repair your wetsuit.


James Jonsson to Attempt Lake Tahoe Record to Promote Organ Donation

If you have been reading The Daily News of Open Water Swimming, you probably saw a post about Utah's James Jonsson.

James, who broke the lengthwise record for Bear Lake this year, is already thinking ahead and training for his next record breaking attempt.  Sticking with the theme of high-altitude, cold water lakes, James will be attempting to break the long held Lake Tahoe record.  The record has been held since 1987 by Dave Canyon with a time of 9:20.

By going for the Lake Tahoe record, James is hoping to bring attention to organ donation and is working with Intermountain Donor Services to raise awareness.  James has personal experience with both sides of organ donation.  His father, who was also a marathon swimmer, received a kidney transplant which allowed his to keep swimming for several years.  James' 8 year old son tragically passed away due to medical conditions from a birth abnormality and his organs helped seven people.

From James:

"Less than 50% of all licensed drivers in the US are organ donors, but in Utah it's over 70%.  My hope is more people become comfortable with becoming an organ donor."

"As you can see, organ donation touches the lives of many people and can bring many blessings.  Please support this noble cause."

If you are not already an organ donor, please consider becoming one the next time you renew your driver's license.  You can also visit Yes Utah and register online.  In the arrogance of my youth, I chose not to be an organ donor when I got my first driver's license.  I had a swift change of heart several years ago when it looked like my brother was going to need a kidney transplant.

We wish James the best of luck, both with his training and swim as well as in raising awareness for an important cause.


New Article in Rocky Mountian Running & Triathlon Magazine

I wrote a short article about the benefits of Masters swimming during the off season that has been included in the latest edition of Rocky Mountain Running & Triathlon Magazine.  The article is not currently available online, but you can pick up a free copy at your local running, triathlon or swimming shop.  You can also subscribe to the magazine for $11.95 for a one year subscription or $20 for two years.