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Post by Sumorunner on Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:48 pm

http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/08/jack-berkery-pioneering-his-way-to-open.html

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Post by RoadKillBill on Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:39 pm

Very cool, Jack!

Have you swum in Mirror Lake before? I imagine the course will be marked with buoys attached to the underwater steel cables. The cables are visible from the surface, so you can just follow the cables instead of lifting your head to sight. Very convenient and conducive to a fast time. Good luck! Looking forward to the report.

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Post by LMRun on Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:30 pm

Good Luck Jack! Great article and handsome pic. Smile

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Post by Sumorunner on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:32 am

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Have you swum in Mirror Lake before?  I imagine the course will be marked with buoys attached to the  underwater steel cables. [/quote]

Yes, it's a cable course. I'm used to sighting buoys far off with no cable and I know that I tend to drift to the right, but needn't worry about that this time. I haven't been in Lake Placid since 1979 and that was in winter. Never swam in Mirror Lake.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:45 pm

That is a really nice article about a really inspiring guy Jack! Good luck in Lake Placid!!

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Post by Sumorunner on Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:47 am

BTW, I do training swims every Tuesday with another heart survivor and triathlete, Jim Ebersold. I don't know if he has ever been active on this forum. I'm no longer the only one around here, merely better at self-promotion.

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Post by twal on Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:17 pm

Great stuff, Jack, You're inspirational.
I don't know what I'll do if I need to stop running. Open water swimming would be a form of suicide for me.

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Post by Sumorunner on Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:00 pm

Follow-up article. In the month of August the USMS is doing a lot of recruitment, thus the articles about a newbie like me.
http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/08/growing-sport-with-betsy-owens-memorial.html

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Post by RoadKillBill on Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:06 am

Congrats on the swim, Jack!

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Post by jerseyguy on Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:08 pm

Inspirational! I like the adjective "wise" better than old. By the way I would quite literally sink like a brick.

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Post by Sumorunner on Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:02 am

My last run was March 23. It's approaching 6 mos. now and all feels well, no back/hip pain at all. I went to the spine specialist a couple weeks ago and he gave me the all clear. He said I might even be able to return to running gradually, "if I was that stupid". I started this week with a one mile walk a couple days. That feels good, therefore I'll begin increasing by a smidge each time out.

The swimming continues to go well. I joined the local Triathlon club so I could do their open water swim practices every Tuesday night. This was the final week. The water is beginning to cool down a bit, but still quiet acceptable. They all wear wetsuits so they could keep going through Oct if they wanted to, except we're running out of light by 7:00pm now.

The pool times are dropping. I normally do 1000 yds, then several 50 yd intervals. In June I was going 26-27 minutes for 1000, now it's 24. Swimming is ALL about technique, even old-timers can improve considerably with skills practice.

And of course, my bike sits in the garage waiting to get dusted off. Maybe soon.

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Post by Sumorunner on Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:02 pm

I tried a bit of running 6 mos to the day after my infirmity, not a whole lot, maybe a few hundred yards during a 1.5 mile walk, but it felt OK. 5 miles total walking for the week. Let's move slowly forward from here.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:33 pm

I hope you can find a way to run at least occasionally Jack... Good luck!

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