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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I am sure you covered this in a previous post(probably before I joined masters), but remind me if you have a masters team you could train with. As you know swimming on your own is hard. You did at least 700 more than the magic threshold and deserve a big pat on the back. There is something about 3k on your own that's so hard to swim through when swimming solo. Nice job and glad you got bored and decided to swim
  2. tjrpatt's Avatar
    you beat my yardage by 3700 yards today, Darn.
  3. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Not only is the man fast but he is also sensible.
    Nice result too.
    Common sense! Thanks.
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    I'm a pool swimmer who likes 79-84 degree water...not 70 and below.
    Not only is the man fast but he is also sensible.
    Nice result too.
  5. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Nice race James. I've been swimming in a sleeveless xterra wetsuit for some early and late season lake swims and got pretty used to it. No problem with heat buildup at least for me in a sleeveless suit, the added buoyancy elevates my bk and seems to make it easier to just swim along. I don't really like it for br, makes it hard to kick, and br body position seems disrupted by the buoyancy. I haven't raced in the wetsuit yet. I do use br for sighting too about every 30 strokes or so. Way to go.
    Thanks! It was fun. I'll continue using mine for all competitions unless absolutely forbidden. If that's the case, then I may not compete in that particular event. I'm a pool swimmer who likes 79-84 degree water...not 70 and below.
  6. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    Sometimes I think that pool sprinters have an easier time doing longer OW distances than you distance animals, if only because they feel less guilty about swimming at a relatively easy pace. I love your gung-ho style but that does sound like a painful way to swim a 2-mile+ race! Congrats on gutsing out another fine performance. What a year you've had!

    i think they should give special prizes to anyone whose finish position matches their race number (especially when those are assigned alphabetically).
    Had I been with a small group of people, I'm sure it would've been easier going, but it was a 100% mental game on my own, and my mind was telling my body all the negative things. I shouldn't have been looking back, only forward. I was too worried about holding back the surging crowd of swimmers than trying to outdistance them.

    ...and we'll see about the IGLA Open Water event. I have another 10 days or so to get registered for it. I'm sure I could swim it fine without any pool time between now and then.
  7. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair
    Great description of the race... congrats. You should have jumped on that drafting train for a bit of a respite, you might have been able to hang a little longer. Did you feel like you were overheating in the wetsuit? I never wear one and always think it would be nice for the first minute or so, but am glad I don't have it when the water temps are in the 60s-70s.
    I did think about trying to get over with Don and Larry to chase someone, but I was already on the downhill and would've had to really sprint to get over to them and stay up, which I wasn't sure if I could at that point.

    I didn't feel overheated at all with the full wetsuit. It was just perfect. With about 70 degree water and 65 degree air temps, along with a rainy morning start, I think it was just right! Plus, if your competition is all wearing wetsuits, why not have the same advantage as them. My hands were getting a bit cold by the end of the bridge anyway...
  8. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    James,

    That's a huge improvement over last year and impressive. I ended up swimming it solo much like you did back in '07 and it definitely made it harder. I am glad you seem to be enjoying OW much more. Some day, if you can, I'd highly recommend you consider the Cascade Lake Swim Series in Bend, Oregon (http://www.swimoregon.org/calendar.php) some year. This would be totally up your 'animal lane' alley and, if you camp, you could trek with the kids down there to make a long weekend of family fun and swimming.
    I've thought about that trip down there, and we'll just have to see what each season brings with the harvest season. With my change of jobs to another company, it may free me up a bit more not having to be handcuffed to the cherry crop for the summer. But my wife still works in the warehouse, so that may put a damper on things. I'll just play it by ear each year.
  9. Sojerz's Avatar
    Nice race James. I've been swimming in a sleeveless xterra wetsuit for some early and late season lake swims and got pretty used to it. No problem with heat buildup at least for me in a sleeveless suit, the added buoyancy elevates my bk and seems to make it easier to just swim along. I don't really like it for br, makes it hard to kick, and br body position seems disrupted by the buoyancy. I haven't raced in the wetsuit yet. I do use br for sighting too about every 30 strokes or so. Way to go.
  10. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    I'm still keeping my personal cap on OW distances at 2 miles and under. Beyond that is just nutso IMO.
    Sometimes I think that pool sprinters have an easier time doing longer OW distances than you distance animals, if only because they feel less guilty about swimming at a relatively easy pace. I love your gung-ho style but that does sound like a painful way to swim a 2-mile+ race! Congrats on gutsing out another fine performance. What a year you've had!

    i think they should give special prizes to anyone whose finish position matches their race number (especially when those are assigned alphabetically).
  11. mcnair's Avatar
    Great description of the race... congrats. You should have jumped on that drafting train for a bit of a respite, you might have been able to hang a little longer. Did you feel like you were overheating in the wetsuit? I never wear one and always think it would be nice for the first minute or so, but am glad I don't have it when the water temps are in the 60s-70s.
  12. pwb's Avatar
    James,

    That's a huge improvement over last year and impressive. I ended up swimming it solo much like you did back in '07 and it definitely made it harder. I am glad you seem to be enjoying OW much more. Some day, if you can, I'd highly recommend you consider the Cascade Lake Swim Series in Bend, Oregon (http://www.swimoregon.org/calendar.php) some year. This would be totally up your 'animal lane' alley and, if you camp, you could trek with the kids down there to make a long weekend of family fun and swimming.
  13. jaadams1's Avatar
    Thanks everyone! It was fun, and I've still got lots to learn about open water racing. One of these days it'll get easier. I'm still keeping my personal cap on OW distances at 2 miles and under. Beyond that is just nutso IMO.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I don't know how you do an open water swim? I never did like them on college training camps, the having to lift your head to sight where you were going was always a challenge for me. After all that's why we paint lines on the bottom of the pool; so we don't have to loose speed and form lifting our heads up. That's me though!

    I do admire people who do these tremendously and the really long ocean swims just blow my mind. I think you rock doing this race and obviously you have some serious talent to finish 6th out of 800+ people. Congrats.
  15. BrendaL's Avatar
    Congrats!!!!
  16. tjrpatt's Avatar
    5 OW swims in 2 years. That is it! Sike, luckily, most of my OW swims are 90 minutes away. Nice going. Wetsuits feel so much different.
  17. jaadams1's Avatar
    Well, after even more thought, and getting a phone call with a job offer from Tree Top, I accepted the offer, and will be starting my new job in a few weeks. Happy and excited. It'll be good for us in the long run.

    Not sure yet on the future impact this may or may not have on my swimming. I'm sure I'll be able to find time for practicing and keeping in shape. Competitions may just have to take a back seat for a while though. Oh well, swimming doesn't pay the bills, 'cause I'm not THAT good.
  18. jaadams1's Avatar
    After some thought, and talking with others at work that know more about this particular jobsite and everything it entails, I think I'm going to turn them down...IF they even offer me the position. There are just too many uncertainties all around that don't fit with what I'm looking for in the long run. I'd just hate to give up my more laid back job for something I would regret later...even if it is more money.

    And Tim, I'm just quitting from the USAS team for personal/family reasons. I'm still going to swim, but toning it down a few notches (this is your chance to catch up and pass me on GTD now)
    It was a lot of fun swimming with them, but I just can't keep up the intensity like I would like to, and keep my wife and kids happy at home, as well as other things I've neglected.
  19. aztimm's Avatar
    Did I miss something? What's going on with your USAS team? I thought you liked swimming with them?

    I've worked nearly every workshift at some point in my life, mostly while I was in the Army. I worked 11pm to 7am for a while and I really didn't find it too horrible. Right after I finished work, I'd go for a run, let off my last steam, then try to sleep for a few hours. I'd usually wake up and run errands or do other things for a few hours in the afternoon, then take another nap in the evening and get up an hour or so before my shift started.
    The worst part was trying to have mostly normal weekends, then going back to that shift during the week.
    But I was in my early 20s then, at an age where it is much easier to adapt. It would be much more difficult now.
  20. tjrpatt's Avatar
    It is very tricky working the graveyard. Some people sleep from the time that they get done until the next shift.