The Swim Across Laguna Bacalar

21 Jun

Lisa and I came to live on beautiful Laguna Bacalar for quite different reasons, she for a boat, and I, to SWIM. Yesterday was the tenth annual open-water swim across the Laguna. With over eleven-hundred participants competing in two days of events, Bacalar is overflowing with energy and people from all over Mexico, Belize and the U.S. The weather was perfect with water temperature in the low 80’s.


Getting marked #637

I have been training for weeks building up to the three-quarter mile event. My friend Polly and I did a practice swim last week and I felt relaxed and confident.

Colorful vendors plying their wares.

Colorful vendors plying their wares.

Of course we had cheerleaders.


Fellow expats Pat and Rick make up the Bacalar cheering section.

Boats ferried participants across the Laguna to swim, on mass back to waiting family and friends. It’s not my first open water swim. All those churning bodies and kicking feet can be a bit disconcerting.

Making my way out of the water and through the crowd.

Making my way out of the water and through the crowd.

34:25 not bad

My time 34:25.

My biggest supporter.

My biggest supporter.

Later in the evening there was an awards ceremony. I was hoping for a trophy, but the competition in my age category was stiff and I did not place. First place winner finished in 22:37. Wow! Lovely to see so many older participants.

My competition.

My competition.

Local children put on a dance performance to much appreciation from the crowd.


The show stopper of the evening was my friend and fellow bacalareña Polly who won in the female over seventy category. Beside her was the first place winner in the Paralympic group AND oldest man. He’s eighty years old and a double amputee from Mexico City. image It was a great day and I’m not even half dead today! I promise an update on house construction next week. With walls going up and the roof just weeks away, it’s time to go shopping for tile, lighting fixtures and everything else that goes into a new house. As always, your comments are appreciated. DOS TORTAS

The Adventures of Dos Tortas

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17 Responses to “The Swim Across Laguna Bacalar”

  1. karen June 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    So proud of you, it sounds like you and everyone had a great time. Wow, all those swimmers. I would like to join you on a swim, however, not at a racing speed!

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    • afish25 June 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      I’m not sure mine is a racing speed, lol. More like a slog. The water is so clear and warm. It makes swimming a pleasure. Can’t wait for you to join me off the dock.

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  2. brucekelley June 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Hola Alex and congrats on participating in the open swim! Almost kind of hard for me to imagine as I do not go into water over my head anymore.
    Keep up the good work, Cheers!

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    • afish25 June 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Hey Bruce. I started swimming 30 years ago while pregnant with my youngest. I couldn’t even swim a couple of laps. It took time and persistence, but then I’m a Pisces!


  3. Pets to Go June 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    How impressive. I need a lifejacket for anything over my head!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 June 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      My dad loved to swim and made sure his kids knew how. He’s with me a lot when I swim. Lovely to be swimming this Father’s Day weekend.


  4. emilievardaman June 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    Great job! Such a swim is not for me, but if I’m ever there during a competition, you can count on me as a super cheerleader.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 June 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      Hey Emilie, love your goddess statue. I’m sure our cheerleaders would welcome your enthusiasm.


  5. Teresa June 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    How wonderful for you! I didn’t know you were swimming! Congrats on your Terrific time!



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  6. LJones June 22, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Congratulations Alex!!!!!! I wish I could have been there and joined you. What a wonderful accomplishment – hooray for you! And how exciting that your home is coming along..can’t wait to see you both again and join you for a swim at the Cenote. Until then, blessings, Lorrie

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    • afish25 June 22, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      Your time will come. There are many swims in our future.


  7. Catherine June 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    LOVE your blog! Am planning some travel and your 3 week Yucatan travel was helpful in picking some interesting places to visit. Question – do you know anyone named Amir that does boat charter services? Any contact info would be helpful, Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 June 22, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

      I know Amir well. It’s a very small town. The best way to book with him is to stop by Casita Carolina, a hotelito in central Bacalar. Many of his tours leave from there. I have his phone number if you private message me. Glad you enjoy the blog.


  8. Ms Tisdale June 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    What a fabulous event! My husband and I will have to make a note of next year’s Bacalar swim race. He loves to compete in swimming, and I love Bacalar – so a win for both of us.

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    • afish25 June 23, 2015 at 6:30 am #

      The more the merrier.. Do make room reservations now. Bacalar was at 96% capacity. There are lots of little inexpensive hotelitos.


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