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  1. Some biking, but if we get lost at sea, here's our plans...

    Today I drafted behind Dana for a fun bike ride. The sun was shining. It was great. At one point I dropped off and he carried on for some more mileage. I think I hit 20mph behind him. He was a semi pro bike racer in NY during the late 70and dreamed of going further. He won the New York State Apple Sprint Championship in 1979, but was smart enough to know that if he didnt make it he would be a bike mechanic the rest of his life. So he chose to go to college then further with his studies. Anyway we like to bike, but as always the sea beckoned me. I was pulled to see what the Gulf was doing.

    Last we during the East coast storm there were definitely some surfing ways out there. Today it was a calm beautiful day and the sugar sand just glowed. I hadnt planned to swim and didnt have my goggle or I would have dashed in. Having some shoulder trouble, not from swimming but falling off my desk chair on to the terrazzo floor. Dont put a slippery pillow on a chair and eagerly jump on it to get to your computer. Ugh!

    We are preparing fo a four day adventure at sea. We will sail up to Fort Myers on Friday (a day trip) then race Saturday and Sunday in The Sunset Regatta and return the long journey home on Monday. We have a Rocket 22 which is not a cruising boat, but a racing boat. It is a blast. I am so glad we are doing nonspinnaker though, only because it is just the two of us and it is brutal for me to change sails especially if it is a rough ,windy day. We really need more crew to do the spinnaker task. Maybe I wii get to skipper and get a break from running to adjust everything to sail the best we can in the races. Dont get me wrong it is hard work, but so exciting at the same time.

    Will post the result of the race and experience whether we do well or not. See you blogworld in a few days.
  2. I Can See Again!!!!

    I went to some obscure website and found Sporti Goggles with 2.5 positive lens and I can now see the timer clock and even paper with print like say Coach Workout Sheets! This has been a major obstacle for me to join group workouts. I have felt extremely handicapped on top of the drills being new for me in the beginning. Contacts always burned in my eyes and no stores or sites carry higher than 2 positive. They were less than $30.00. If interested I will try to find the website again.

    Work out

    500 Warm up

    500 Kick

    500 Arms

    10 50s @ 1:15 I usually touched in around 48 sec. and rested the rest of the allotted time. I finally am getting a knowledge of where I am speed wise. Still, a lot more to learn though. I really like these goggles! It a new world!

    500 underwater with flippers

    500 Freestyle with flippers

    500 Cool down any stroke I want

    3500 yds.
    I need to work on other strokes, as I like IM and all the others. I may not be good, especially the Fly but, would like to be a contender someday, in all strokes. Well, the Butterfly only because I have to do it in the IM. As far as I m concerned its torture. I am always thinking Just get me to the wall!
  3. The princess, I mean swimmer and the pea

    Finally the pool was just perfect this morning. The sun was on the other side of the building, the water temp. was not too hot, not too cold and only a few swimmers. A great day to be in the water.
    I have been biking and some small swims in the Gulf, but the heat has been tough to work out in.
    When I did the postal my husband said I looked like I was, kicking more than the other swimmers. Not good. The legs are the biggest muscles and suck up way too much oxygen. Must be the biking, plus my kicking is too large instead of fluttering under the surface. My arms have to catch up to the rest of me. They are slow. That is what I worked on today and will continue to work on my arms and plus my core is weak too. A long way from where I want to be. Ugh! Hope I am not just dreamin. This swimming takes dedication like anything else in life in order to be good at it. That is tough for meconsistency. I admire those here who persevere.

    500 warm up
    300 kick
    200 arms
    10 25s on 35-45 it varied but I was strong on the last ones
    500 any thing
    250 free
    500 flippers under water (my favorite)
    250 free with flippers (couldnt resist)
    250 cool down
    10 push up on the pool end (next aim for 20)
    Total 2750
  4. I did the 5k postal ....

    with Aquatics T2 members. I think the lanes were all full some sharing a lane so, about 10 people? Two people did the 10k.

    I had my husband agree to do my splits, which was his first time with the watch. He did a good job.

    I cant find my split sheet ugh, but my time was 1:49.5 something. My last race and training was around 2010. The good news is that the last 100 meters leg of the race my split was a few second faster than my very first 100 meter lap. I still had umph!!!! I tend to like short course, but swimming in the Gulf has made me consider other length races.

    Today I was on the water, not in the water. We put the mast up on out Rocket 22 boat. It is a very touchy sailboat boat. We are still getting to know it. Today was just a motor- 8 miles from the boat ramp to the cove where we will keep the boat.Looking forward to sailing and racing her!
  5. Bike and Swim...

    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, eitherquiet.

    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.
  6. I am actually going to post a workout

    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:
    600 Swim
    1x150 Kick
    4x50 Drill Swim r;20Reverse IM order
    500 pull 4x25 Drill r:15 1 of each stroke
    Rest 20
    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
    50 mix
    25 mix

    4x75 underwater 25/50 easy
    Approximately 3500
    Blogging gets me doing. Dont 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....
  7. Someday I wil get it together to show a kayking video!

    I so enjoyed watching the Worlds swimming and reading the discussions of the Mastered Masterers threads of the events on USMS.
    But did anyone see the replay the 2013 Worlds Freestyle Kayaking. Check it out at . If it werent 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 30s to stick with learning how to kayak. I wasnt afraid to come out of my boat and the boats were big, long boats in the early 90s. 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 30s, 40s 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 weeks 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! Im still trying figure out if I can do the postal 3 miles challenge. If I do, it wont be for speed but for distance. Thats just were I am right now. I gotta accept that.
  8. It was 93 and humid...

    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 cant 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 goodjust 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.
  9. Battling the Elements

    There werent 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 didnt fall, but I was fumin. ( And it takes a lot for me to show Im 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.
  10. There is a road...

    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 didnt 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 didnt 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?
  11. It worked! Thanks swimming blogworld!

    I broke through the forces of sloth and traveled through the portal of the pool! Yes!

    1000 free
    500 kick
    500 kick with fins, various strokes
    12 x 25 with 10 second rests
    100 breast
    100 im
    300 drills
    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 02:11 PM by flippergirl

  12. The pool is being cleaned until Monday...

    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/ 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."
  13. How does a swimmer get out of an Elephant?

    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 01:51 PM by flippergirl

  14. M.I.A. of L.I.F.E (Laps, Intervals, Fun, Endurance)

    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 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 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 10:07 AM by flippergirl

  15. Met with a coach today.

    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 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.
  16. Was going to meet with a coach one on one today....

    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
    25- 16.08
    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 04:14 PM by flippergirl

  17. I told myself that if I can do a 5k in the LCM pool....

    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 06:39 PM by flippergirl

  18. Let FREE dom ring!

    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

    400 Back/Fly

    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 03:08 PM by flippergirl

  19. Swam whimpyish yardage

    200 Warm up
    400 drill
    500 kick with fins; 45 sec on each 50 yards
    200 breastroke
    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
    100 IM
    400 esay
    2400 yards

    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 06:43 PM by flippergirl

  20. Hi Paige, its SueI have some bad news.

    I heard the voicemail, was worried and tried to call Susan back twice. Finally the phone rang.

    “Paige…Peter drowned.”

    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 01:29 PM by flippergirl

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