Dan Projansky, 100 Times Or More Butterfly

Dan Projansky, 100 Times Or More Butterfly

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

I only stop when I refuel with my Infinit energy drink,” says Dan Projansky who is training to swim a total of 70 miles (112.6 km) of cumulative butterfly in 4 different races this summer all over the United States. “I woof down about 16 ounces. It only takes seconds.”

Armed with an underwater shuffle, the 56-year-old all-butterflyer in training and competition, typically is training at least 100 lengths of a 50m pool during each session. “Today, the 110 lengths [of butterfly] took me 2 hours and 35 minutes. I listen to music as I swim and will maintain this schedule all summer long.”

In 3 weeks, he embarks on a 9-mile butterfly swim and then a 17-mile butterfly at the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona. “Early May is the earliest I’ve ever entered an event. To do this kind of milage so early in the season will be a big test for me.

On Saturday, my birthday, I swam 100 lengths of butterfly in a 50-meter pool. Today I knocked out 110 lengths in the same pool. Back at it Monday for another 100 lengths or more. I plan to keep this pace of training up to April 26th. Then I will taper. I lost about 10 pounds and I hope to stay right around 160 [pounds]
.”

Intense.

But Projansky is also warm-heartedly grateful. “Many open water swimmers contribute in subtle and not such subtle ways. For example, training devices sold by fellow swimmers are so helpful. The SwimmerBuddy raft by Jim Zinger, the safety buoy sold by Julie Bradshaw, and the Eney Buoy sold by Eney Jones are just some of the tools that have helped me. Then there are the supportive friends like Grace van der Byl, Kent Nicholas, and several others that write to me with encouragement. Some days I feel real gray and down when my training bonks me. Then out of the blue, I get supportive comments from swimmers that I look up to. Other times, fellow butterfliers like Brian Suddeth write to me with uplifting comments. The open water community is such a wonderful community to be a part of. I’m really proud to be part of this group.”

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