Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Joke's on Me

On Tuesday I did my biggest swim ever. I was pulled frustratingly close to the GW bridge because that thing was just not getting any closer. On Wednesday I went for a nice easy swim in Laurel Lake. On Thursday I picked up a glass of water and suddenly it felt like I'd been stabbed in the shoulder. On Friday I felt a little tickle in my throat. I spent Saturday on the couch with a fever.

So maybe that swim took a little more out of me than I thought.

Friday, June 27, 2014

8 Bridges Stage 6 Intro

There is a conversation going on Marathon Swimmer's Forum about DNF's. So it feels appropriate to be writing about my first DNF. It's funny, because in many way this is my best swim to date. But I'm still frustrated.

So what was good?
Nutrition: I felt solid for a full six hours. None of that aching hunger that usually starts showing up after 3 to 4 hours.

When I swam Kingdom Swim 2012 I finished in 5:27. That was my previous longest time in water. It was too long. That swim sapped all my motivation for weeks.

On Tuesday I spent 6:30 swimming in what, for me, is very rough water and I felt fine. Obviously my arms were aching, as well as my neck and my stomach a little And my legs were all rubbery. But the next day I was still fine. Tired, hungry, sore, but already looking for my next swim.

My stroke count was steady the whole time. Even at the end when I was really starting to feel it. 

I suspect this is almost all due to nutrition. More calories and better calories. Better nutrition means swimming better a few hours in and it means feeling better afterwards. I guess this is not news.

Also, it can't be said enough: The race directors, volunteers, and crew of all the support boats are fantastic. Thanks for making another little trip down the Hudson possible for me.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Laurel Lake

Wednesday night. The day after my biggest swim ever. Six and a half hours in the water and boy are my arms tired.

But I felt pretty good for all that and decided to join up for a swim in Laurel Lake. The water felt a touch colder than the Hudson, even though it wasn't. I thought I would just take it nice and easy. Really stretch out my stroke. The swim is a rough triangle about 1.5 miles altogether. It felt good to swim towards something that wasn't moving away from me. The relatively flat water felt glassy smooth  after a day in the Hudson. I guess I really am a lake swimmer at heart.

Naturally as soon as we reach the furthest point there is a rumble of thunder in the distance. So the last leg of the swim turned out to be faster than I intended.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday strength training

This picture shows how I finished my workout today.
No it's not a deck of cards. It's half a deck of cards. 
The tear started off center, probably because of the duct tape, which made it much harder to finish the tear. 23 cards. That is as many as I've ever done at once. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Map

I rather liked the little map I had last year. So I decided to do another one. So far I'm staying in my region of the U.S. That is now 7 states (they are really small on the map)

2013 Open Water

For the beginning of the new year I will take a little time summarize my 2013 season and think a little bit about next year.

My 2013 open water season:

The Great Hudson River Swim (cancelled due to weather)
The Great Chesapeake Bay Bridge Swim
Stage 3 Of the 8 Bridges Swim
The Lake Willoughby Swim (didn't swim due to injury)
The Lake George 10k (didn't swim due to injury)
The Lake Moreau Swims
The Little Red Lighthouse Swim
The Newport Sharkfest Swim

Not as many events as 2012.  And a different mix of locations.  I am counting Newport Harbor as an ocean swim, even though it is one of the most enclosed pieces of ocean to be found.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Run For the Hills

Who: The Great Barrington Land Conservancy
What: The 3rd Annual Run For the Hills
When: Sunday, Oct 6, 2013
Where: Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington MA
Why: It's Becoming Something of a tradition now

The course was back to the loop from two years ago. Last years out and back course is out and my PR with it.
I enjoy being able to pick my own race in a run like this. After half a mile there were four guys spread out in front of me. Everyone else had disappeared from sight. Blue shirt, red shirt, white shirt, grey shirt. Four guys and a pretty wide age range, I thought.
The first mile nothing changed, there were some hills. The course takes a right turn onto a dirt road. The four guys were still there in the same order, maybe a little more spread out. I closed a little on an uphill. On the way down I heard two sets of feet right behind me. At the end of the dirt road the course takes another right turn and starts up a beastly hill. This is also the 2 mile mark.
By this time blue shirt had pulled away. The two sets of feet behind me turned out to be two women. One of them pulled ahead.
But then we came to the aforementioned beastly hill. I ran down white shirt and red shirt and I caught up to the woman who had just pulled ahead of me. (I can't remember her shirt color. It was light maybe pink?)
We raced for the next half a mile or more. Eventually I pulled away. By then the finish was almost in sight. I never lost track of grey shirt. He finished right ahead of me.
After the race we had a second breakfast before I got ready to head over to sunday masters swimming.