• Resolutions

    I know, I know. Resolutions are ridiculous, meant to be broken, recipes for failure, right? Well, they don’t have to be. Every year, my dad resolves to give up alcohol for the first quarter of the year. I think it may have started as a month, but it’s grown to several months. He doesn’t even […]

  • Michael Phelps is dirty

    I’m sorry I haven’t been posting more, y’all. I have a ton of recipes to share… I just haven’t had any time to actually post them. In the meantime, as a blog with the word “swim” in the title, I feel I am required to share with you the following commercial… which features Michael Phelps […]

  • How to start swimming

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    I learned to swim when I was 22 months old, and I grew up with a pool in my backyard. So even though I (foolishly) quit swim team in elementary school, swimming has always been relatively easy and natural for me. When my family was living in Brussels, I would swim laps every day at […]

  • Michael Phelps in Annapolis

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    As I mentioned the other day, Michael Phelps was swimming at the Naval Academy this weekend — as in, within walking distance of our apartment. So of course we had to go see him swim at least one event. As we walked into Lejeune Hall, we ran into some of our neighbors, who pointed out […]

  • Not quite open water

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    In case you haven’t heard, Maryland has been getting some ridiculous weather lately — and all that rain washed a whole lot of nasty stuff into the Chesapeake Bay. So the open-water swim I was supposed to do was moved to a pool in north Baltimore.   They had the outdoor pool(s) set up with […]

  • Swimming across America

    OK, I’m not really swimming across America. I’m not even swimming all the way across the Chesapeake Bay. But I am swimming a mile in the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday. The event is part of Swim Across America, which raises money for cancer research. They have a ton of events across the country, but I’m […]

  • How to avoid green hair

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    When I was little, I spent just about every summer day in the pool. A lot of spring and fall days, too. That definitely wreaked havoc on my blond hair. My brother and I had to use UltraSwim shampoo like crazy to get the green out of our hair. Now that I’m older, I don’t […]

  • Surfing

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    I have wanted to learn to surf for a really long time. I know I should have done it in North Carolina, but I didn’t want to do it by myself and Toby was deployed most of the summers. So when we were planning our vacation, I said it had to be somewhere we could […]

  • Bathing suits

    I love bathing suits. Especially colorful bikinis. I buy the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue every year just to see the bathing suits. And my swimsuit drawer is overflowing with all manner of chlorine-scented lycra. Of course, right now the only bathing suit I am wearing is navy blue and super boring. But hopefully I will […]

  • New swim cap!

    I’ve had the same swim cap since 1999. I got it at a random store in Belgium after I determined (through a series of gestures) that I needed to wear one to swim at the pool down the street from our house. My dad did buy me a bright orange “Who’s your Tiger?” cap a […]