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  1. Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:30-12:30pm

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 08:03 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got into lap swim at the Y. A few other masters swimmers were there, the "younger" ones. I was splitting a lane with a lady named Jen, she was speedy enough that it wouldn't have been bad to circle swim if needed. Tom was also there...they were both looking forward to the group workouts starting in another week or so.

    Warmup:

    600 Free
    8 x 75 SDK on back w/ short fins @ 1:10
    (1200/1200)

    8 x 100 Free Pull
    2 @ 1:30, 2 @ 1:25, 2 @ 1:20, 2 @ 1:15
    I could've gone 2 @ 1:10, but didn't want to.
    (800/2000)

    3 x 200 IM @ 3:30
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:40
    (900/2900)

    4 x 25 @ :30 Odds Fly, Evens EZ Free

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    3000 yards


    That's enough for me...got my heart rate up a bit too. Quick and simple with a bit of everything.
  2. Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:15-7:00pm

    by , August 29th, 2013 at 01:45 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I swam at the Y while my daughter was at her soccer practice. She's now getting old enough that her practice times are quite lengthy, so I have to find things to do in the meantime. Swimming fills that void nicely.

    Warmup:

    500 Free
    500 SDK on back w/ short fins
    (1000/1000)

    10 x 100 Free Pull
    3 @ 1:30
    4 @ 1:25
    3 @ 1:20
    (1000/2000)
    I held these around 1:15ish. Just stretch out aerobic swimming.

    10 x 50 Fly (25 EZ Drill, 25 Swim) @ 1:00
    (500/2500)

    400 Free EZ until they had to clear the pool

    ---------------------------------
    2900 Yards in 45 minutes.

    This was actually sort of exhausting. A combo of not swimming a lot lately, plus working my new job which is much more labor-intensive than my former job. The pay is supposed to be good though.

    At least I got in some swimming so as to not let Tom get too far ahead of me in swimming mileage...not that I really care.

    I only swam 11 times in the month of August for a grand total of 17.91 miles. I bet even PWB beat that! 5 of those 11 swim days were in competitive events, 2 OW swims, and one 3-day weekend swim meet.

    I have a feeling I'll be able to swim in the mornings with my masters team starting in a couple weeks. I'll be working swing shift (2:30pm-11:00pm), and can hopefully get to bed so I can get up around 5:00am or so. We swim from 5-7am 3 days a week. I can probably handle that, plus it's easier to swim in a team setting, even if I'm doing my own thing in Lane 6. I have a feeling this year's going to be a lot more of just relaxation swimming vs. focus on competition, though I'll still get me game-face on a few times I'm sure.
  3. Weekend to Portland, Gil Young/NW Zone LCM Meet Report

    by , August 25th, 2013 at 11:15 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Thursday, I started off my trip to Oregon, leaving around 4:00pm, with plans to go to my sister's house in Beaverton. Well, I stopped at a rest area about an hour and a half into the 5+ hour trip, and my little blue '83 Toyota pickup didn't want to restart. I was a bit upset at this point, and stuck in the middle of nowhere for a while. I had basic tools with me, and after working through everything, determined that my battery was dead...very dead. It was the original battery that we put in the truck when my father and I built the thing 6 years ago, so I guess I got my money's worth out of the battery. Well, I did the old "pop the clutch" trick to get the truck started, luckily the rest area had a downhill exit ramp back to the freeway, so it was easy. That was actually my first time doing that for a vehicle, and was happy it worked. I ended up turning the truck around at the next possible "No U-turn" turnaround (reserved for State Patrol) and headed back home for the evening. A little ticked that I wasn't in Oregon tonight, but glad I wasn't stranded. And I got to sleep in my own bed one more night.


    Friday morning, I got up, did a little work on my truck, and then ended up leaving town a little before 9:00am. This time I was in my wife's '99 Nissan Sentra, a more reliable and also better MPG car as well. I had to be to the Mt. Hood Pool by 3:00pm for checkin/4:00pm meet start time. It was a 5 hour trip, and I got there with plenty of time. Got to watch the lifeguards changing out the lanelines from SCY to LCM...they were loving life.


    All of my seed times for this meet were my season best times in the particular events, except the 50 Fly, which was my time from the 2012 season.

    Friday night:

    1500 Free - (19:52.77 seed time) - went 19:04.64
    1:09.53
    1:15.18
    1:16.38
    1:17.34 (4:58.53) - 400
    1:17.43
    1:16.96
    1:17.41
    1:17.85 (5:09.65) (10:08.08) - 800
    1:17.68
    1:16.90
    1:16.70
    1:17.35 (5:08.63) - 1200
    1:17.21
    1:16.94
    1:13.78

    This turned out to be what I think is my best event of the weekend. I swam it basically solo, lapping everyone in my heat at least once. I wasn't hurting a bit during the swim, and had no idea how fast I was truly going till it was over. My only battle, was with That Guy operating my lap counter. He kept flashing the number 43 repeatedly at me, occasionally giving the correct lap count number. It turns out he was giving the correct number every 3rd 100, which he said was "more than enough".
    I had a goal of making a time fast enough to earn the #1 spot in my age group in the USMS rankings, as this year was a "slow year" for my group in a few events. I ended up doing that, by over 25 seconds. We'll just have to see if there's any other late submissions into the database. For now, I'm #1.

    Saturday afternoon:

    800 Free - (seeded 10:04.80) - went 10:07.15

    Splits were basically the same as the first 800 of my 1500, only 1 second faster overall. The only thing good I did in this race was beat Kirk Nelson to the 50. I did Fly on the first 50 as well, after that Kirk smoked me. That Guy again counted for me, and I had no clue what he was doing...I think I'll have to fire him from this job in the future.

    100 Free - (seeded 1:02.67) - went 1:02.61
    29.50 / 33.11

    Felt good at the 50, legs died after the breakout of the 2nd length, arms got shorter about 15 meters later. It hurt. Still, a season best time.

    200 IM - (seeded 2:37.97) - went 2:36.81
    31.08
    42.51
    47.90
    35.32
    I did not want to swim this race after the 100 Free. I went to the blocks at the last minute, stepped up with no care at all, and dove off. I guess that was the trick, because I actually did good. Another season best. I had no one to race though, as I was in the 2nd to last heat middle lane.

    Saturday night night: Can't go to the Portland area without getting burgers from Burgerville!! Only 5 of the original cheeseburgers (love the special sauce) and a large blackberry milkshake. Topped it off later with a 1 liter of cherry coke from the store. My grandparents thought I was nuts eating all of that.

    Sunday morning:

    I was still at my grandparent's house at the time warmups began. I wasn't going to do a real warmup today, plus it was a bit chilly out, so I just stayed dry and warm...arriving on deck around 8:40am.

    50 Fly - (seeded 29.45) - went 29.66

    Not too shabby for my warmup. The guy next to me, a true sprinter, was about a bodylength behind me after the dive and breakout. In a matter of 3-4 strokes, he flew right past me though...how!?!?!??! After that he didn't accelerate any more though, but I had no chance to catch him.
    I did cooldown/warmup a 100 or so after this, in preparation for my 200 Free a few heats later.

    200 Free - (seeded 2:18.47) - went 2:18.35
    31.48
    35.38
    35.96
    35.53

    Another season best time. At least my splits were consistent, though it just felt slow overall. I was glad the 3 day meet was done though. Masters meets just shouldn't be spread out over this many days IMO.

    Sunday going home, I stopped in The Dalles for another round at Burgerville. Same order as the previous night. This is the last chance to eat at Burgerville going eastbound until you circle the globe, so you might as well stop.
  4. Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:30-12:30pm

    by , August 21st, 2013 at 05:35 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Lap swim at the Y pool. Not too crowded with the 4 lap lanes, I made lap swimmer #8, so every lane was sharing. Just hoping that the next one didn't want to swim with my lane.

    Warmup:

    500 Free
    500 Flutter Kick w/ board
    500 Free Pull
    (1500/1500)

    10 x 50 SDK on back w/ short fins @ :55

    100 EZ
    (600/2100)

    Fun Set:
    12 x 100 Free @ Desc. 'round the clock
    1 @ 2:00, 1 @ 1:55, 1 @ 1:50, ... ... ... 1 @ 1:15, 1 @ 1:10, 1 @ 1:05
    They were all pretty easy swims, averaging under a 1:15 pace, until I got to the 1:20 interval. Then I began picking it up a bit. The last 3 I went 1:10, 1:08, 1:05. Tough, but satisfying for me.
    (1200/3300)

    200 EZ

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    3500 Yards


    I'll be leaving for Oregon for the Gil Young LCM meet either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, that will just have to see. I have the 1500 Free on Friday, 800 Free, 100 Free, and 200 IM on Saturday, and the 50 Fly, 200 Free on Sunday.
  5. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:30-6:15pm

    by , August 20th, 2013 at 11:48 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, I'm officially "unemployed", or we'll call it "between jobs" for the rest of the week. I finished my last day of work with my former employer, though I'm being paid my vacation time for the remainder of the week, and then will begin my new job with Tree Top as a mechanic next Monday. A few days to rest and relax at least. Plus a swim meet weekend down in Portland as well. Why not, right??

    My swim tonight, got it rushed in so I could make it back and watch most of my son's soccer practice.

    Warmup:

    300 Free
    200 Flutter Kick w/ board
    500 Free Pull
    (1000/1000)

    10 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (held them around 1:12s, probably could've gone like this for a while)
    (1000/2000)

    w/ short fins:
    200 SDK on back EZ @ 3:30 (went 3:10)
    150 SDK on back cruise @ 2:30 (went 2:00)
    100 SDK on back up tempo @ 1:30 (went 1:13)
    50 SDK on back FAST - try for @ :30 (went :31)
    (500/2500)

    100 EZ - my legs were a bit tingley at this point...
    (2600)

    2 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (1:45/1:48)
    1 x 100 Free Pull and out

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    3000 Yards in ~45 minutes
  6. Sunday, August 18, 2013 Met the famous SwimsuitAddict

    by , August 18th, 2013 at 04:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    IGLA Open Water Swim - 2 mile wetsuit category

    I started off the morning at 4:20am with the alarm going off. Luckily I'd packed my bag last night, 'cause I wasn't in the mood to do much this morning. I stopped at the local 7-11 to get some Gatorade for rehydration after the swim, and got stuck behind some people with the late late-night party munchies. They were quite the sight, and a bit funny.

    Well, I got going on my way toward Seattle, and got to the split where I have to choose which pass to go over. The shorter route (according to the new electronic reader board) was closed on Snoqualmie Pass due to rock blasting this morning from 5:00-8:00am. No way was I going to be able to go that way for a 7:30am checkin time. So off I went on the longer route over Stevens Pass, which also takes me quite a bit further north above Seattle. It worked out okay though. I got my McD's fix in Monroe, and then got my way to I-405 and back to I-90 to get over to Mercer Island where the swim was taking place. I still got there with plenty of time to spare. In fact, I was one of the first to arrive for the check-in.
    After walking around aimlessly, I saw a couple people wearing CIBBOWS hats, and one of them looked like Janet (only from FB pictures). We said hi to each other and talked a bit. I'm pretty boring, and she figured that out right away.

    I took a look at the course for the swim, a 1 mile triangular swim, counterclockwise, so all left handers around the course. Going down the first straightaway I noticed (along with everyone else), a huge boat (someone has $$$$) right near the line of the corner buoy. As it turns out, this was damn near spot on with the turn buoy, so it was much easier to look for the boat than the yellow turnpost in the water...plus this direction was heading right into the rising sun. The backside of the triangle looked to be pretty long, my only worry was getting lost out there. The final side back to shore was pretty easy to spot the finish buoys, so no problems there. There was a bit of plants/seaweed/crap in the water around the shallow starting/finish buoy. More annoying than anything.

    The race got off right at 9:00, as the seconds were being counted down I shouted out "Have fun guys!", and put on goggles and went for it. I started on the far left of the group, and it seemed like everyone was off to a fast start. I just kept going hard trying to breakaway from the group. I was getting my legs and feet hit a bunch, and I think it was because I was actually cutting sideways across in front of everyone without even knowing it. OOPS! My stroke naturally carries me to the right I guess. We made our way down the first leg of the course, and I was right with another guy side be side. I let him get ahead and dropped in behind him for a little draft. I stayed with him around the first buoy, made the turn looked at the next buoy and got swimming again. The leader went somewhere else though. Took too sharp of a turn and was headed back toward shore instead of across the middle of the lake. He eventually got back on track. Along the backstretch I was passed by another swimmer prior to the 2nd turn buoy. I stayed in 3rd place with the 4th place guy turning even with me at the finish buoy of lap #1.

    Now we were headed right back into the sunlight on the start of lap #2. This time the sun glare was way worse than the first time. Lucky for me I had a couple guys right in front of me, so I could follow splash bubbles underwater, or I could see their splashes ahead when I sighted. I was trying to see the big boat, but the glare was too much this time.

    On the middle of the backstretch of the 2nd lap, I was I believe in 5th place after getting passed by another person. My eyes were killing me from my goggles. I use swedes, and they were cutting into my eye sockets a bit. I'm used to pool swimming, and doing intervals, where I can usually take my goggles off for a bit every 100/200 yards or so. I'm not used to having them on me non-stop for 30-45-60 minutes at a time. I just started treading water, put my goggles on my forehead, and began talking with one of the lifeguards on a paddleboard nearby. She asked if I was fine, I said yeah, just resting my eyes from the goggles. After about 30-45 seconds of my "break", I put my goggles back on and proceeded on. At this point I went into butterfly for about 30 strokes or so. Fly with a wetsuit on is so amazing, plus doing something different with my muscles felt good too. I didn't want to wear myself out so I went back to freestyle.

    After rounding the final buoy for the turn to home, I found swimmer #6 coming up on my right hand side. Bad move buddy...that's my breathing side. If you're going to try to make a pass, you have to come by on my left. I saw him there, and knew we were close enough to the finish that I wasn't going to let him beat me. I paced right alongside him, we were looking right at each other the whole way, along with sighting forward. At this point we had two people from the 1 mile swim that we were lapping. There was enough space for me to squeeze between them, and the other guy had to go around a bit. At this point were were at the final intermediate buoy before the finish, I'd guess about 300 yards or so to the end. I poured it on, kicking like I know how to, and left the guy in the dust, not seeing him until we were on shore.

    I finished with a 46:12 for my 2 mile swim, and I believe was the #5 overall swimmer in the 2 mile category. In my age group, I was #1, and got a handmade medallion for my efforts. Someone local made all the awards for the IGLA competition, so they are unique. Melted glass, colored blue/red/white/etc. and stamped with IGLA 2013 on them.

    I was happy with the swim, and apparently I can still swim fine even on 1-2 days a week of moderate swimming...showing I don't have to be an animal age grouper anymore. Though we'll see next weekend at the Gil Young meet.
  7. Friday, August 16, 2013 5:30-6:30pm

    by , August 17th, 2013 at 12:56 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Swam the first half hour alongside the Velocity age group team practice, but was doing my own thing. Said a quick hi to everyone as I came on to the deck. I was just planning to do a somewhat quick and easy workout with a little elevated heartrate work in the middle. Getting ready for the 2 mile open water swim on Sunday over in Seattle at the IGLA Champs.


    Warmup:
    1000 Free
    (1000/1000)

    14 x 50 SDK on back w/ short fins
    2 @ :45, 2 @ :50, 2 @ :55, 2 @ 1:00, 2 @ :55, 2 @ :50, 2 @ :45
    I held them all at :40 or below
    (700/1700)

    300 Free Pull stretchout
    200 Free EZ
    (500/2200)

    I had this first part done in a little over a half hour...then became a "lap swimmer" and spent a while talking with my fellow adults and the guard.

    Back to it...

    2 Rounds:
    • 1 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    • 1 x 50 Free @ :45
    • 1 x 50 Free @ :40
    • 1 x 50 Free @ :35 I had to kick it into gear on these.
    • repeat

    (500/2700)

    I was going to do more rounds, but that was good. And it's easy to quit on your own too. Best part of doing solo lap swims.

    I did a 300 of EZ swimming after this to round out an even 3000

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    3000 Yards
  8. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:30-6:45pm

    by , August 14th, 2013 at 12:29 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Another good day for a swim. Solo in a YMCA lap lane again...wonder what's wrong with the water?? Usually I'm always having to fight for lane space there, but that was a year ago when I was really swimming in the Y lap lanes. Maybe it's just end of summer slowdown for tri-folks or something?

    This was only my 3rd swim of the month (one of them was the Longbridge race)...not bad for taking it easy like was originally intended.

    Warmup:
    400 Free
    4 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30 (1:10-1:12s)
    200 Free
    (1000/1000)

    Set w/ short fins:
    20 x 25 @ :30
    Odds SDK on back, 1/2way underwater
    Evens 5 of them Fly, 5 of them Back, also 1/2way underwater
    (500/1500)

    6 x 150 Free @ Desc. Interval - just fast aerobic pace
    2 @ 2:15, 2 @ 2:05, 2 @ 1:55 (I held them around 1:50 or so)
    In my head I had intended to do 8, with 2 more @ 1:45, but I didn't want to kill myself.

    100 EZ
    (1000/2500)

    12 x 75 Free Pull
    4 Rounds of: 1 @ 1:05, 1 @ 1:00, 1 @ :55
    I held them around :52s
    (900/3400)

    500 Free w/ no walls - flip at the "T" and get going again. Similar to a non-stop open course without the advantage of wall pushoffs.
    (500/3900)

    100 Cooldown

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    4000 Yards


    My plan is to swim again on Friday, then go over to Seattle on Sunday for the IGLA Open Water event. I'm signed up for the 2 mile wetsuit category ('cause I'm a cold water wimp).
    After that I'll swim a couple times in the next week, probably Monday and Wednesday, then will head down to Portland, Oregon for the Gil Young LCM Masters Meet at Mt. Hood Comm. College. I've gone to this most of the past few years, though not always in the greatest of shape. This year we'll just have to see. I'm sure I'll be fine, but not 100% like a month ago.
    Swimming the 1500 Free on Friday, 800 Free, 100 Free, and 200 IM on Saturday, and the 50 Fly and 200 Free on Sunday.
    Will enjoy staying with my grandparents for the weekend to visit with them again.
  9. Friday, August 9, 2013 5:30-6:30pm

    by , August 9th, 2013 at 11:26 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I know I mentioned about going dry for the month of August for a little time off from the pool. Well, one, I got bored over the week, and two, I signed up for the 2 mile Open Water event at the IGLA Champs in Seattle on August 18th, so I need to keep my body in swimming shape. I'm not going to be swimming gung-ho like I was, but a few maintenance swims throughout the week should be sufficient. Plus I've had a few forumites eyeballing my GTD mileage to try to overtake me. Who cares, right?

    My solo swim at the YMCA for $6.00:

    Had a lane to myself...Friday the whole pool is open for adult lap swim for a while which is nice.

    800 Free stretchout, enjoying the walls every 13 strokes
    (800/800)

    2 x 400 Free Pull @ 5:30
    went 4:55 and then pushed the 2nd one a little and went 4:40
    (800/1600)

    8 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (held about :52s)
    8 x 50 SDK on back w/ short fins @ :55 (goal was to maintain 6+ underwater kicks)
    (800/2400)

    100 EZ
    (2500)

    5 x 200 Free @ Desc. Interval
    started on 3:00, then 2:50, 2:40, 2:30, 2:20
    I cruised the first 3, holding 2:30s, pushed #4 to get a little more rest, then turned it on for the final one, coming in just under 2:20
    (1000/3500)

    200 EZ and out. That was good for an hour

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    3700 Yards


    ....and boy did the water feel warm, even though I'm sure it was its normal 83-84 degrees
  10. Saturday's Sandpoint, ID Longbridge Swim

    by , August 4th, 2013 at 01:08 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Another OW swim in the books. I've only done a handful of these, so adding another is a big thing for me.

    • August 2011 - CAST Classic 5K - DNF - I wasn't having a good time, out of shape, and pulled myself out of the race after 1 lap.
    • June 2012 - Steve Omi Swim 1 Mile - 1st in age group (19-34)
    • August 2012 - Longbridge Swim 1.76 Mile - 1st in age group (30-39), 21st of 900+ overall
    • September 2012 - Lake Chelan Swim 1.5 Mile - 3rd overall
    • August 2013 - Longbridge Swim 1.76 Mile - 1st in age group (30-39), 6th of 820 overall


    I got up around 5:00am in Spokane where I stayed overnight, and went outside to find a nice drizzle of rain falling. Oh great, hopefully this won't be accompanied by thunder and lightning. I drove another hour and a half to Sandpoint, Idaho to get checked in for the race and numbered. I was #6, alphabetically of course. I joked with a few of my friends that they had given my number based on placement overall.

    By the time the race was getting started, the rain had stopped, but it was still plenty overcast, and probably in the 60s for air temp. Not sure about the water, probably about 70 or so. Earlier in the week, people said it was warmer, but with a few days of rain and no sun, things can change a lot. I'm glad I had a good wetsuit for sure!! I got a good coupon code on the internet from Tom Patterson for an XTERRA wetsuit for almost 75% off, saving me tons of money. It was well worth it to have a real swimming wetsuit vs. the "play around in the water" wetsuit I used last year.

    I lined up at the starting line to the far right side, alongside the kayakers. A majority of the people were at the left or middle so they could go alongside the bridge. It doesn't really matter where you start because it's the same straight line across the lake.

    As the gun went off, I took off, probably "sprinting" for about 300-400 yards or so before even looking around. I was sighting of course a bit during this initial run, but I wasn't looking at any other competitors, just making sure I was straight with the bridge. After I felt I was at a strong breakaway, I went into cruise mode. Looking ahead I could see 1 or 2 splashing swimmers ahead of me, and then I rolled over for backstroke to look behind me. NO ONE!! We were a long distance ahead of the whole pack, so I just turned back over and swam on. As it turned out, I was in 4th position at this point, but didn't actually know that. In my head I was telling myself I was in 2nd or 3rd place, and just keep going.

    The bridge itself is 1.2 miles long, so I just kept going, trying to maintain a strong kick and relieve some of the muscle fatigue in my arms. It was a bit wavy out there at times, but much better than the year prior when we had a headwind the whole way. For the swim, it was very uneventful. I could see a kayaker staying alongside me off to the right side, and I'm glad it was there, since I had no one else around me for a while. I kept a pattern going of about 40 strokes Freestyle, with about 10 strokes Backstroke, maybe 1 or 2 Breaststokes, and back to Free again. In a 50 meter pool I can maintain about 38 strokes per length under calm conditions, so I figured each of these cycles I was doing was approximately 50 meters. I'd stop to clear goggles on occasion, and look behind me to see a few swimmers back there. Still far enough back to not worry too much.

    At the end of the bridge, my power was fading, and I was wishing the swim could be done now. I could see two swimmers pulling alongside me, though they were about 15-20 yards off to my right side. I knew them both: It was Don Morovec (53yr), and Larry Krauser (60yr). They were doing a draft train the whole way. I've been chasing Don's 30-34, and 35-39 LMSC age group records in the pool events, and able to get a few of them, but not all of them. Larry has all of the freestyle pool records from the 40-44 through the 60-64 age group, and they're pretty tough.

    I knew I had no chance to hang with them as they went by, and just let them go on. I was a solo swimmer from the beginning to the end of the whole race, and that was tough. It would've been nice to have a draft person at times, but it just didn't work out for me this year. The final 1/2 mile or so is alongside the shoreline to the finish point. There are 12 or so pilings along the route marking the shallow water as well as a underwater rock barrier wall. At times these rocks were very near the water surface. I used a few of the rocks to jump off and dive forward. My body was dying at this point, just wanting to finish. I was doing more and more switching from free to back, clearing goggles, looking behind me at the upcoming pack of swimmers. Had to keep going. From the last piling to the finish I didn't look back, didn't change strokes, just swam onward, kicking and pulling as best as I could, till I couldn't stroke anymore. Push up, stand up, get up the beach and cross the finish line. DONE...!!!!

    The congratulations from the crowd were sure nice to hear. I saw Larry standing there, he said I was the #6 finisher, and I had 3 more swimmers who must've made a break for me at the end, because #7, 8, and 9 were a few seconds behind me crossing the line.

    The results: https://www.athletepath.com/the-long...8-03/176-miles

    I really like how they did the results this year. You can see everyone, where they're from, and times. Not a whole lot of super fast age groupers this year. They had Zone Champs, prepping for Jr. and Sr. Nationals as well right now, so they were probably pushed away from this swim by their coaches.

    I finished 1st in my age group, and 6th overall out of 820 swimmers. I was really happy with the result, though I'm still not gung-ho about doing OW swims that much more. I'm sure I'll still make an appearance at Longbridge year to year. We'll just have to see how things go each season.

    My award:
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