I got some some more hypoxic training on my 20 mile bike ride down to the inlet and back. Every time I passed road work or building constructions or guys blowing cut grass into the street I held my breath.
Then I went down to the Gulf. It was flat as a pancake. I swam from one high rise and back to another equaling a mile. Saw thousands of minnows and one striped fish about 2 feet long. I kept my eyes out on the horizon for triangles, after all it was shark week recently and there might be a few straggler still celebrating. Not even a jib and a main sail triangle in sight. No motor boats, either…quiet.
I am nervous about the postal swim on Sunday. Its been a few years since I swam a 5k, but I also look forward to the camaraderie. It should be fun.
I was wide awake at 4AM and all I could think was “Go to the 5:30 AM Aquatic T2 Masters Workout.”
So I did:
4x50 Drill Swim r;20—Reverse IM order
500 pull 4x25 Drill r:15 –1 of each stroke
3x50 Drill Swim @ 1:15
12x25 @:50 Kick- Build,Blast,Easy,Fast x 3
6x50 Pull @ 1:00
3 x 100 Pull @ 2:00 with flippers, yes my favorite!
3 x 100 Free descending
75 mix stroke
4x75 underwater 25/50 easy
Blogging gets me doing. Don’t know how or why it just does. Thank you Blogworld!
The people at 2T are extremely friendly, patient, and encouraging.
I hope I keep going....
I so enjoyed watching the Worlds swimming and reading the discussions of the Mastered Masterer’s threads of the events on USMS.
But did anyone see the replay the 2013 Worlds Freestyle Kayaking. Check it out at www.FreestyleKayaking2013.com . If it weren’t for swim team training from the age of 5 to 20ish mixed in with summers bodysurfing six foot wave in the Atlantic Ocean I might not have become a kayaker. It was my love of water that made me fearless in my 30’s to stick with learning how to kayak. I wasn’t afraid to come out of my boat and the boats were big, long boats in the early 90’s. I finally got a bomb proof roll that would allow me to kayak rivers from Canada to Ecuador and Maine to Utah. This is basically how I spent every week-end in my 30’s, 40’s and even now I would go. But my favorite thing to do is to ride a stationary wave in the river. What they do on the water today in short boats is amazing.
I remember seeing a man with his 7 year old son paddling down the New River, West Virginia. They werelike a momma duck with her baby chick waddling behind her. The big duck was EJ Jackson, builder of Jackson kayaks and the little boy was his son Dane. Now as a young man Dane Jackson took home the Gold in 2013 for Freestyle kayaking!
I truly believe it was my early swimming experience that allows me to enjoy such a wonderful outdoor sport even today. Gosh so many great times on the river. So go try it if you love water and looking for some excitement and adventure no matter what your age!
Oh yes, back to this week’s training. Two days I rode 15-20 miles and swam approximately a mile in the Gulf. Today was perfect day weather wise. Cooler days are comin’ to Florida! I’m still trying figure out if I can do the postal 3 miles challenge. If I do, it won’t be for speed but for distance. That’s just were I am right now. I gotta accept that.
but I had to get out there. So, I started out on my bike and rode 20 miles. It was brutal because of the temp. I can’t wait for cooler weather. I almost through in the towel as for swimming in the Gulf, but the idea of any form of water lured me in. The sea was warm on top and cool about 3 feet below. Perfect for doing some hypoxic swims, but without flippers. (I know… “fins” is the terminology. I just like saying flippers.) That cool water kept me going as I would dive beneath the ocean whenever the blazing sun became too much on my skin. What a great gift from the sea gods to be able to dive across the line between the hot and cold intermittently for some relief, while also getting in some oxygen deprivation training.
Speed was not happening, so I focused mostly on my strokes. In the free I would breathe every third stroke, also being aware of my “catch” (USMS Article). Plus I did some kicking drills, backstroke drills and breastroke. Trying to swim smarter and for distance. Well the distance was not so good…just a hair under a mile, so the sun won. Oh well tomorrow is another day. Better start out early to get ahead of that sun.
There weren’t a lot of cars on the road, but it was like dodging bullets with the ones that were. One guy crossed right in front my bike in the bike lane lane to turn into a parking lot. Then he just stopped in front of me! I pulled on the reins, “Whoa Nellie”. Now for me it may as well be a body slam to put on the brakes, and drop my hard bottom cleats traveling at 15 MPh. Ugh! I didn’t fall, but I was fumin’. ( And it takes a lot for me to show I’m fumin’.) I scolded the guy and he actually apologized.
Next, it was hot and then for the finale, just when I thought “it was safe to go into the water”, the last 10 miles before jumping in the Gulf, the ultimate destination… a squaw passed over sending 10MPH winds and hail.
Did you ever try to ride into a strong wind? It feels like your riding in sand. I caved. No swim. I am still achy, but chopin at the bit to get in the water.
It runs parallel to the Gulf of Mexico right along the beach in some sections of Florida. When I first moved here I measured the distance on my bike speedometer from one of the scatterings of high rises to another high rise equaling a bit more than half a mile. Therefore swimming up and back from one building to another is a hair more than 1 mile.
Well, today I planned on swimming at the pool, but once again it was “closed for cleaning”. So I said to myself “Lets check out the beach.”It is a very, dark gloomy day which is great because no sun, no hot! The water was very glassy and it felt like velvet. I didn’t think there was a current. Usually I like to get the difficult half (current against me) over first. But there was no battle. In fact I felt like I was just cruising along. It was great. The way back however was not tedious but, a little bit tough.
I had planned to do a stick to it workout in the pool, but ended up mostly free swimming different stroke I felt like at any time. Sometimes there was no rush, so I rushed. Other times there was no rests, so I didn’t rest. If felt exactly like the opposite of a workout yet I still got in a good paced one mile swim. No worries!
I have a lot of swimming to do to get ready for the 5K Aug 23. Oops I did it again. Blogging makes me stick to my swimming. How does that work?
I broke through the forces of sloth and traveled through the portal of the pool! Yes!
500 kick with fins, various strokes
12 x 25 with 10 second rests
200 cool down
3000 yards,no not leagues...
under the pool, no not the sea,
but the challenge and the rewards may as well be...
Updated September 3rd, 2009 at 01:11 PM by flippergirl
but that is just an excuse for not swimming a hard work out. There are other place I could go. I really can't say what the problem is except like a pouty child I am stubbornly crossing my arms and saying "I don't want to!" "So there!". The only thing I know left to do that might break the spell is to set a goal and tell me, myself and you that "I pomise to go to the pool on Monday when it reopens." I hope this breaks the spell. I do know that in the past when I wrote it down in this here blog/journal...it made it happen... Hope it works...
What I have been doing is
whitewater kayaking at the whitewater center. I gotta get ready for the Gualey River that runs with a big festival in West Virginia the months of Sept. and Oct. It is a beauty of a place up there, but if I don't prepare it could swallow me up.
I have been studying and training to become an Advanced Open Water Diver. Even though I have now recieved this certificate I still have mucho to learn.
Been diving off wrecks in the North Carolina Coast. This was awesome... and diving oysters in the Quarry! The Oyster Dive is an event where about two hundred divers showed up and we went treasure hunting for orange painted oyster that were worth nice prizes like dive trips, regulators, BCD's and other neat stuff.
This weekend if the weather allows we are off to the coast to see another wreck on the botton of the sea.
But my biggest regret is my swimming seems to be slipping so...
So with a hand shake I say to you...
"I flippergirl promise to swim a good work out on Monday."
They swim around till their all pooped out!
Working on technique and drills that my coach gave me. I am excited about improving all the strokes as I am considering the IM as a favorite of mine.
I swam about 2200 this morning, a little of this, a little of that. I tried to focus on keeping my entire body in correct positioning, learning to push the water towards my toes with my forarms in backstroke and worked on keeping lower body higher in the water for breaststroke. This made the glide fun and feel a bit like the ungulating of the butterfly.
Cramed for an enriched nitrox course for scuba and couldn't believe I got an 88%! Charts and tables aren't my thing, but I actually enjoyed it. So with some intrepidation I must say that instead of focusing on my swimming lately it has been diving in a quarry and preparing for this weekends deep wreck dives off the North Carolina coast...two tankers and two Civil war boats!
Diving can benefit my swimming as I must learn to move effortlessly as to save oxygen. A sense of this could possibly help me to think about swimming more efficiently instead of like a wild animal trying to get out of an elephant...
which is a bit of my nature
Updated August 13th, 2009 at 12:51 PM by flippergirl
I have been dealing with alot of distractions that keep me from staying true to my WOs. Traveling, celebrations, family accidents, business matters, etc.
I went to the Ed Gaw Amelia Island 5k swim at the tip of Fla. and it was awsome. It is so far away from this writing however, that I feel its memory slipping away. Ah yes, I just got a flash of being in the perfect temp. ocean water on a clear day and charging with a hop. skip and a jump toward the first bouy. It seemed like forever, but I kept my stroke long, relaxed and steady.
I kept invisioning things like my coach at the side of the pool with her arms stretch out like a monkey reminding me to climb the water long and tall.
I thought about my Dad if he were alive... on the side lines saying, "Com'on you can do it!
I had planned on pulling out my surfer racecar driver friend Peter for help when I just thought I couldn't go any farther and I did.
At one point I smelled cigarette smoke...it was a kayaker...drove me nuts.
"Where's that dam bouy!" I remember screaming out loud to nobody on several occasions.
Sometimes in the distance I saw two other bright green caps. I used them as competion I was determined to catch but never did.
I am very thankful to the kaykers for keeping us all coraled. I would have other wise been all over the place.
I used houses on the sidelines like people I was passing in a parade...my hands waving over and over again.
Finally, I saw the finish bouy! I rounded it and headed to shore. When I stood up I felt my whole body shift and not in a good way. My legs ached as I crossed the finish line with all my might.
I won my age group!!!! But most of all my time makes me very, very proud of the hard work I did leading up to that very moment of 1:35:24 for my first 5k.
Now time to get back to the drawing pool.
P.S. Good Luck to everyone at the Nationals!
Updated August 29th, 2009 at 09:07 AM by flippergirl
I told Heather I was doing a 5k ocean swim on Saturday so we focused on getting ready for that. We worked on elongating my stroke, relaxing my feet and hands and breathing on both sides. She showed me some drills for maximizing my stroke...to swim more efficiently with less effort.
Drills to remember and do:
Lie on back, arms at side roll full circle leading with the hips while kicking.
Lie on stomach, put a kickboard between thighs and tap it at the back of your stroke in freestyle.
Sculling with fingers apart slightly.
Counting my strokes down pool. She said no more than 17. I stayed under that fairly easy.
I asked her to time me on the 25 and 50 after our class of focusing on longer stroke.
25yds- 15.6 and 50 yds - 34.8.
If this is accurate these are awesome times for me. I am not going to post them as I want to check with a stopwatch for accuracy.
I will be away from my regular workouts as I am traveling to Fla and SF until August 1. When I get back I will meet with her again. I hope to find pools to swim in when I am away.
but they had an emergency. The plan is to meet monday. I hope to have them look at my stroke and see where to go from there.
I sent in my form to do the Amelia Island race 5k on July 18 on my way to pick up my Mom in Fla and fly with her to my brother's wedding in SF.
Maybe I will find a pool in Marin County to swim.
Anybody out there have any ideas?
500 IM drills
500 dophin kicks
8 x 50 on 50
12 x 10 on 25
400 swim. Focusing on free stroke.
Timed my 50 and 25
Nothin to write home about, but I am very happy with the 50 time. In a race with a dive maybe I would break under 34.
remembered my sneakers and shorts and went to the wieght room. Did stomach crunches, leg press 10 time 110lbs. Leg curls and extension. About 7 times 35 lbs.
Oh ...last night we did our first night dive in the quarry!
Updated July 10th, 2009 at 03:14 PM by flippergirl
I will do the ED Gaw Amelia Island, Fla openwater swim July 18th. I planned that today was the day, but if I was to achieve my goal I would have to pace myself, period.
I decided to set swim at 9:25 AM...just make the k's and not care too much about time. I did notice however that my first few 100 meters were under 2:00 minutes and I was only warming up. I glanced at the clock ocassionally, but the metrnome in my mind was on the laps.
I swam elongated strokes, short strokes, breaths to one side or the other, but always freestyle... hand over hand. Sometimes my legs became the driving force as if I were doing a kick drill. At other times it was a pull drill. I used a of variety of tools I have learned over the past half a year to engage different muscles groups and give others a break.
My pace always felt similiar. It was important for me to see I could do the distance and feel what 5k is like so I know at least some of what I am getting into before I hit the ocean.
I looked up at the clock. It was 11:10 AM even.
I did the 5k in about 1:45. I am sure it will be different in the sea.
This is amazing to me. I never thought I could do it. When I started blogging six months ago I had no idea I would go from doing 1725 yards to 5000 meters. What is this powerful attachment between swimming and connecting with others through writing. Whatever it is, I hope to have the good graces to keep it up.
But the truth be known, I am a bit afraid of the Amelia Island swim.
Updated July 7th, 2009 at 05:39 PM by flippergirl
Wednesday Work out
1000 Free was really enjoyable and relaxing
500 dolphin kicks with fin sprinting
4 x 100 Free on 1:45 interval
100 free easy
5 x 50 Free on fifty
200 Free drills
200 playful cool down with underwater tricks.
I felt strong the whole way. Guess we have good days and not so good. That is the toughest part of life sometimes. Always expecting to feel great.
Raced the 30' Cat Capri non spin with hubbly alone and we came in third. Dana looked at me very seriously last night after the race and said. "I couldn't have had a 19 year old guy on the boat tack as well you did tonight." That put a big on my face.
Updated July 3rd, 2009 at 02:08 PM by flippergirl
200 Warm up
500 kick with fins; 45 sec on each 50 yards
14 x 25 9 on 25 sec, 2 easy, one fast under 18, one cool down. I bought a stopwatch, but still have to find someone to time me. I need a coach, but feel like that is such a big commitment. What if they aren’t the right coach for me?
5 x 50’s on 50
Saw my big sister this week end and she said a coach would help me to understand how realistic and in what amount of time could I drop first, two seconds off my 50 free. Right now it is 34.50ish Then dreamin about another two.
I know 2400 yards isn't gonna cut it.
Updated June 30th, 2009 at 05:43 PM by flippergirl
I heard the voicemail, was worried and tried to call Susan back twice. Finally the phone rang.
Peter was a surfer and one of the Jersey shore gang I hung out with in my teen's and 20's. We dated one summer. At the time he was on top of the world. He was racing Formula Ford race cars so I went up to Lime Rock Ct with him and his parents one week end. My stomach still remembers the way he took those curves on the drive up to the track. Paul Newman was there and so was Warner Earnhardt. No relations to the Dale's (I don’t think)…but some hip psychological guru from California. Anyway….I can’t seem to remember exactly what trouble Peter had with the car. Had he flipped?
I do remember after we stopped seeing each other my mother heard that he was in Cosmopolitian Magazine as Most available bachelor of the month.
Peter loved to surf with Michael, Sue’s twin brother. As adults they traveled around the world in search of you know what. Now in their 50’s they had been together in the ocean last Thursday bodysurfing off New Jersey shore. Dear, sweet, careful Michael did everything he could to revive his long time buddy, but he could not win the battle against another’s destiny.
As far as anyone knows there was no trauma to his body. The sea had been strong…but not something they had not encountered before. I write this in my blog because it is about swimming in open water. I feel the loss of a friend, fear and confusion about the ocean right now.
Updated August 7th, 2009 at 12:29 PM by flippergirl
Today would have been my fourth day in a row of training. Yesterday I swam with a pulled hamstring and sore shoulders. Well, today they are worse. At least for now I am a person who needs a day off for recovering. I know I am supposed to time myself at the end of the week for the speed experiment and since I have to go out of town tomorrow till Sunday night I will just have to time myself on Monday. I feel I worked very hard this week and maybe if I give my muscles a chance to recover this is the smarter way to time myself. We'll see. I know I feel like have no strength today.
I don't want to make too big a deal out of this in my mind...because that only leads to negative thinking about myself.
I also have a very full day preparing for spending a wonderful week-end with my family in Boston. I am going to focus on that now.
But I shall return!!! Don't give up on me...please! As I am not going to give up on myself.
1000 yards focusing on stroke and turns and pushing off really hard.
5 x 100 on 1:30 kick with fins
12 x 25 on 30 sec (did 18-20)
300 cool down
Made my 3000 yard mark.
4 x 150 free 3:00
4 x 50 kick w fins 1:15
4 x 100 free on 2:00
4 x 50 kick w fins 1:15
400 IM with fins
tried 100 backstroke drill with coke can on head. Only fell off twice, fun!
400 IM w/o fins
300 yds of free, drills, breast, back, butter
200 cool down
2800meters I am tired and have to train two more days in a row. Fist time I am training 4 days in a row. Ugh!
Today I grabbed Kristilynn's and magnified it to 24 so I could see it without my glasses. I did a modified version being sure to get over 3000 yards.
500 warm up
5 x 100 kick W fins @ 1:30
8 x 50 @ 55 25 heads up/25 swim (I think this helped me with catch and release)
4 x 25 sprint @ :30
5 x 100 kick w/fins @ 1:30 (basically nonstop for me)
4 x 50 @ 55 choice drill/swim
4 x 25 sprint @ :30
3 x 100 @ 1:30
300 cool down
Going back to the pool tomorrow to do 3000 yds more of some other work out.