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Patagonia Lake Arizona open water swimming in December, 52F

Patagonia Lake State Park Swim – December 20, 2017

Today was my 38th, possibly final, and definitely coldest open water swim this year! It was a lovely sunny day in the mid-60s at the Patagonia Lake State Park, but the water temp was a brisk 52F! I gave it a try without a wetsuit (barely qualified as a swim), but my friend Lonnie and
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Kathleen Bober swimming at Canyon Lake Acacia recreation area

Canyon Lake Swim – September 30, 2017

“Winning and losing is all part of the game meant to teach you a lesson…” Yeah, right…so why did I decide to participate in Saturday’s Canyon Lake Open Water Swim and what did I learn from my loss? In the past two years, I have done four other AZ Open Wat
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Tiki Swim 7 - 2.4 mile 1st place winner 60+ wetsuit division

Oceanside Tiki Swim 7 – September 17, 2017

Lake swimming in Arizona is great, but it doesn’t compare to swimming in the ocean. I was interested in the Tiki Swim for a number of reasons: it didn’t appear to be too hardcore (well, ok…maybe, sort of…I saw a LOT of participants with Ironman bags, T-shirts a
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Parker Canyon Lake swim - Leanne Fahlgren, Stefanie Brown and Kathleen Bober

Parker Canyon Lake Swimming

I first swam in Parker Canyon Lake in September 2, 2012 when I was training for an 8k swim in Lake Mead in October called Slam the Dam (which was the last year the event was held). In the late summer and early fall, Parker Canyon water temperature remains in the low to mid-70s due to
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Kathleen Bober, 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim

Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim – June 11, 2017

Great Chesapeake Bay Swim is an annual 1-mile and 4.4-mile charity fundraiser swim across the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. I did the 4.4-mile event with 646 other swimmers. We started in two separate heats, about 15 minutes apart, beginning at Sandy Point State Park and swimming betwee
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Kathleen Bober and Bill Daugherty after swimming 5 miles at Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake Swim – May 12, 2017

In preparation for our upcoming swims, my friend Bill Daugherty and I decided we would do our longest training swim yet at Patagonia Lake on Friday, May 12. Bill will be swimming in the El Cruce 10k Open Water Swim in Cancun, Mexico on May 27. I’ll be doing The Great Chesapeake
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Patagonia Lake State Park, open water swimming, Kathleen Bober

Patagonia Lake Swim – April 8, 2017

Patagonia Lake State Park is about an hour and a half south of Tucson – well worth the drive! The scenery along Highway 83 and 82 is gorgeous, particularly in the early morning or late afternoon light. I’ve been swimming at the lake for the past three years, usually starti
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The 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim – I’m In!

On Sunday, January 8, 2016, I was notified that I had been accepted into the The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, which will take place on June 11, 2017. The race starts from the shores of Sandy Point State Park, Maryland, which is about 5 miles northeast of Annapolis. The course extends ea
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The Great North Swim, Lake Windermere, England – June 10, 2016

“Windermere is England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South,” per the Great North Swim web site. The swim took place over three days, June 10 – 12, and about 10,000 swimmers participated.
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AZ Open Water Swim Series #3 at Canyon Lake – May 14, 2016

Today was the 3rd and last of the 2016 AZ Open Water Swim Series at Canyon Lake, and I ended up winning 2nd in the series for the Distance Female 45+ division! What a surprise! I certainly wasn’t the fastest in any of the events, but I swam in all three events and earned enough
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