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April 29th, 2013, 09:11 PM
Hi Folks,
I have finally, after two years of procrastinating because of performance anxiety, signed on for Stage 4 of Chao's 8 Bridges swim. I am totally excited and realizing that, dang, this thing is CLOSE!
The stage is 15 miles. Last summer, I did a 13.6 mile, but it was closer to the end of July so my summer training and open water time was maximized.

I am thinking about changing up my training a bit and wondering about opinions.
Last year, I would do at least one day of straight distance, bumping my yardage up to my longest swims at around 15 thousand+ yards in a session, with a break every 2500 just long enough to gulp down some liquid feeding. Other days were a combination of 3 Master's practices per week, and another long swim but not quite at that distance. I also run 4 days a week, most runs being between 9-11 miles. (Did I mention I am doing a 1/2 marathon 3 weeks after the swim? What is wrong with me??)

This year, I am considering something new and having my long days in the pool be a series of 500s, with a 10-15 second break in between. I feel like that might be more advantageous in terms of having a few seconds to refocus, remind myself to keep my form, and perhaps might be me swimming smarter rather than just swimming long? For example, on this past Saturday, I did 16x500 on 7:30 and am considering bumping it up every week so I add a certain number of 500s. (Yes, I know the yardage needs to be longer than that. There's that pesky issue of actually wanting to see my kid and husband and, oh yes, work.)

I'd love to hear your preferred techniques, keeping in mind that these have to be achievable by a mere mortal!

Rob Copeland
April 30th, 2013, 08:50 AM
With about 45 days until the swim, I wouldnít suggest any major changes in your training. If you donít have the endurance for a 15 miler already, it isnít likely to develop over the next month.

Continue with the plan you described and work on feedings and cool water acclimation.

April 30th, 2013, 10:32 AM
Thanks for the reply.
Just did a bunch of long open water swims over the course of a week in Mexico so I'm not too worried about the endurance piece. For me, it's more the mental than the physical. I'm no fast girl, but I can swim for a long darn time. :)

The cold I'm not so great at because of having Raynaud's Syndrome, but after doing the Kingdom Swim a few times, and the Lake Champlain 8-miler, I know I can power through. The temperature estimates are about the same as those swims. Someone needs to invent some effective Open Water Raynaud's equipment. ;)

Thanks again, and I'm going to keep going as I have been.

Rob Copeland
April 30th, 2013, 10:41 AM
You may want to mention the Raynaud's to the event director and safety staff, so they donít freak out when you start changing colors.

April 30th, 2013, 10:46 AM
Tee Hee.
Hey Chaos, I have Raynaud's. I will turn all kinds of rainbow colors on the swim. Prepare to be amazed!
There. Done. :)

May 6th, 2013, 10:09 PM
Tee Hee.
Hey Chaos, I have Raynaud's. I will turn all kinds of rainbow colors on the swim. Prepare to be amazed!
There. Done. :)

You’re so high maintenence. (does John know?)

Slightly related: I tried carbo pro c5 this past week. I think it worked better than anything else I’ve ever tried.
A 600 cal pouch lasted me 2.5 hours, you might stretch it to 3 hours.

Looking forward to seeing you!