This blog is about my 2012 project to swim in 40 pools. I came up with this idea to mark the occasion of a big birthday that falls early in the year. January is not the most exciting time for celebrations, or for pool tourism–one of my favorite activities–so this project is a way to spread the fun throughout the year. Whenever possible, I hope to share the pools with friends, and those who can’t join me in person can follow along here.
People have been curious to know which pools will “count.” The answer is that any pool will do, as long as it’s possible to do a real swim workout in it. It can be a pool I’ve visited before, although it doesn’t have to be, and it can be anywhere in the world. I am happy to consider suggestions and welcome invitations to visit pools.
New Year’s Day is a pool holiday here in New York, so I made no headway on the project on the first day of the year. Fortunately, there are still plenty of days and plenty of pools.