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Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean

A short swim at Hollywood Beach @ Hollywood, FL. The water is emerald green.

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1.2 miles OWS @ Sand Key

My first open water swimming in years, 1.2 miles at Sand Key Park, came in at 59 minutes. My friend Linda did it in 53 min. Water temp is 69°F. Both of us wear 3mm wet suit (my first) – actually most of 167 swimmers wear wet suit. My leisure time in the pool for 1,000 yard is about 25 minutes: a mile is 1,760 yards, 1.2 m = 2,112 yard.


This race has 5km, 2.4mile, 1.2mile and .5mile length. The first two have bus to take them to their starting point. The later two – walk. Lucky we’ve her husband who took our sandals, camera.

The 167 swimmers: two kids under 14, join the 0.5 mile event. One 75-79 man is in 1.2 miles. Two teen and one 60-64 lady swim 5k meter event.

I haven’t done any real swim for nearly two months – swim a bit before and after tennis as warm up and stretch. So today is a test and I feel great. When I get a little tired I switch to frog front crowl.

My friend is a seasoned outdoor person and brought fruits, multiple towels, shampoo n lotion etc … one would think these are so basic but I forgot them all; and also forgot my wallet: paid my lunch with Apple Pay. Maybe it’s the convenience of Apple wallet that I don’t bring my wallet often.

Getting up at 5:30, 5:57 waiting for the car pool outside 7:14, get to the park 8:08, walking toward our 1.2 miles starting point 8:30, race begins 9:28, I’m out of water – made it 10:30, award ceremony It’s a great race. My first time wearing a 3mm wetsuit to swim. Although I haven’t do any serious swim for months, but I didn’t struggle. I’m ok with my time. With some practice, I can improve

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Polar plunge @ Antarctic

Ok, I did it again, this time at Antarctic, which I’m officially checking off polar plunges from my bucket list. I did Arctic in 2022.

The water temp is 44° Fahrenheit (about 6° Celsius) at 5:40pm. This time, the ship designated a staff to use our phone to video the event, which is really good. I didn’t try to swim this time.


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Pool at Sofitel

The swimming pool at Sofitel is bit small and can certainly use some cleaning. The moldy tiles or the grout is pretty disgusting.

There is a full time staff watching over the gym, sauna room, and the pool. They/he bring drinks to the pool side.

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Swimming in the rain

Ok, is this wet enough? So just you know, the rain drops can be pretty painful when landing on your head and lip.

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The last swim of 2023

My second medley, in correct order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

One of my goals of the year is to swim the butterfly.

… and …

I did. One goal fulfilled.

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My first medley IM

🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄 peep!

A yucky day, our 9am tennis is rained out. So I stayed in the 80° pool for 0.5 mile. I also swam and recorded my very first individual medley, with the wrong order. The correct order is butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Guess I don’t watch enough swimming events, or watched but not paying close attention. Oh well, senior moment.

By the way, relay order goes differently, by speed: backstroke breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle the.

🎄 🎄 🎄

☔️ 🎾没的打 只有泡池子了

闲得慌 游了第一个 IM 混合
嗯 顺序错了 [偷笑]

8️⃣8️⃣一下 应是: 蝶 仰 🐸 自由[呲牙]

继续努力 大妈加油 [调皮]


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My first butterfly video

One of this year’s goals has met: swim the fly stroke. Although a lot of implements are needed but I can swim the length of the pool and back. So it’s an achievement for little old me.

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Unbelievably bad line calls

It’s the Thanksgiving Day, and I’m thankful for my family and friends and foes in my life, and an interesting life I lead so far.

I started my day with a warm up swim, then tennis, pickleball, and capped the morning with another short swim – static stretching. I know the verdict (if the static stretching after a game is good or suitable …) is out there, and swimming is certainly NOT static stretching, but I like to do it, to relax.


I’m still trying to correct my serve: to keep my left tossing arm high longer and eliminate waiter’s tray (why is waiter’s tray no good?)

Two double faults in my first serve game – I didn’t practice much in between matches – my bad. Bad line calls one after another; one of the opponents said he can bagel me. I replied, “not off me.” I thought I was going to have a relaxed game on a holiday, but it turned out not to be the case. So I reverted back to my waiter’s tray serve. We lost 4-5, 5-3, 4-5 (first to five and 1 point decides a game – no deuce).


Played with a new group of players. The best player (3.5 – apparently there is a rating in pb? ) in the group teamed herself up with her husband who’s equally good, vs me and one guy who’s also a newbie. The couple has been playing for more than three years. I’d think they would split up to make the game more interesting, which is the way I would have done. Oh well. We lost 2-11.


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4 strokes of luck

the pretty moon this morning

I often use ‘front crawl’ as the breaststroke. Why? I’ve no idea. Actually, front crawl is freestyle lol

My bad.

Don’t know what I’m talking about.

Butterfly at its peak, is faster than free … but freestyle is an endurance style that can go miles on end.

So, once for all (myself mainly), the four style of strokes of swimming are:

  1. freestyle – also known as front crawl
  2. butterfly stroke
  3. breaststroke –
  4. backstroke

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