Monday, July 6, 2015

6Jul15

Tough day that turned good.  I did not feel well on Sunday and did not eat well.  I also went to bed late and did not have a good night sleep.  All a great combo for a longer swim today!  Smart....
I got to JN around 0510 and saw Josh already there.  The plan was to do 5 miles today.  Josh and I chatted for a couple seconds then off we went.  I am used to the first couple of miles of not feeling that great and being stiff and cranky.  Today was much worse.  I was at about mile 1.5 when I considered bagging the swim and going home.  I was just TIRED.  I got out after 2 miles and went to my car.  I ate a buzz bite and took some Advil.  Went back in and started feeling a bit better as 3 miles was almost up.  Ate a half a Swiss Cake Roll then chatted with Josh for a few minuets as he was done.  Mile 4 felt good and I picked up my pace a bit.  My next feed was fast and I went onto mile 5 as fast as I could.  I swam pretty strong the last mile and felt great.  My body was feeling awake and good now and my mind was really busy so the time went by fast.
When I started, I felt miserable.  When I finished, I actually thought, "That's it?!, that was fast!"
Maybe it is a coincidence but I did not feel good until Josh was gone.  This has happened before.  I think he comes in and absorbs the lake's mojo and I feel like garbage.  When he is gone, I feel better and the mojo is mine.  Or is could be that I just stink until mile 3 -4 and he is leaving when I am finally getting going.  Not sure.  Further testing is needed.
Short day tomorrow and LONG day Wed.  Still waiting for my swimmer buddy to arrive in the mail.  I WANT MY NEW TOY!!!

5 miles OW

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrating the 4th of July

It has been many moons since I have written on here.  I was talking with Anne (Ghost Fan) a few weeks ago and she told me I needed to start writing in my blog again.  You may have noticed I have added "natural" swimmer to my tagline.  I have become very comfortable lately and actually prefer to swim "natural" whenever possible.  Yes, this means rudder out!  If anyone is with me, I do not but as long as I am solo, I prefer to swim with in the suit God gave me.  Honestly, if I've been swimming topless all these years, why not the rest?
Quick update...Work is good, swimming is great.  I'm training for a Tahoe crossing on 5Aug starting at 2000.
I have been training like crazy and I am currently doing a hard week - a lot of miles accumulated followed by an "easy" week - less miles accumulated by end of week.  The easy week gives my body a chance to heal.  I also never do any swims over 5 miles back to back.  I'll do 6 one day then 3 the next etc.  I am back at Jordanelle (JN) almost every morning around 0500 again.  There have even been a few times where I have been at the lake at 0400 to either swim or kayak for others.
This week has been an easy week.  I decided I wanted to celebrate the 4th of July with some style.  I wanted to do 1 mile in 4 different lakes.  Just do a mile, get to next lake, repeat.  No playing around.
I remembered how much fun the "Tour of Lakes" was a few years ago.  I put up an open invite on Facebook but no takers.  Most are out of town or it is not their thing.  Solo adventure here I come!

JN GPS
JN done




















I woke up and headed to JN first.  I was planning on Strawberry Reservoir first but realized I have never been there and swimming somewhere new in the dark is not smart.  I went to familiar water first.  Did my mile in complete darkness.  I was in no hurry and did a LOT of heads up breast just enjoying being out on the lake.
I then headed to Strawberry.  I have never been here before and it is about a thousand feet higher in altitude than JN so I expected it to be a bit cooler.  Water was cooler and I took a temp when I got out.  65.  JN right now is 71-73!  HOT  The air up there was also 59 so I was genuinely chilly when I stopped to enjoy the view of the sunrise.
Strawberry done
Strawberry GPS



















I then headed to Deer Creek.  I am also pretty familiar with this lake.  I think every boater in this half of Utah was in the water or in line to get in the water.  As I was walking down, I was greeted by a park worker.  I am wearing a speedo, goggles, carrying a towel and my SSD.  She stops me and asks, "You going swimming".....must resist smart-ass comment......My initial though was, "Well, if I'm going skeet shooting then I'm ill prepared!"  She just asked me to stay withing 50 yards from shore because a couple of people got hit by boats yesterday.  I asked if the people swimming were visible to the boaters.  She said, "No, none of them had anything like that orange thing you have to let boaters see them".  Well no s**t you got hit by a boat!  A boat hitting someone is never cool but sometimes people are just too dumb to help prevent accidents like that.  BE VISIBLE!!!
Deer Creek done
Deer Creek GPS


This is just pretty!

I then headed to Utah Lake.  The lake is a bit funky and if you dive your head down more than 2 feet, it gets BLACK dark immediately.  Kinda spooky.  I swam close enough to the shore that I could feel my hands touching the bottom often and I stood up to take some pics here and there.  You have to be in the middle of the lake to get above chest deep.
Utah Lake done
Utah Lake GPS


Halfway through Utah Lake

I had a good time at JN and was glad I was wise enough to start my adventure off somewhere that I am comfortable enough that I can swim blind for 1/2 and hour and know where I am at all times.
Strawberry was beautiful and cool.  I really liked this lake and it made a GREAT first impression.  I might go there a few more times.
Deer Creek was fun and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about the couple of 10 milers I've done there.  I was over .5 miles when I turned around and I swam the "longest" here.
Utah Lake was an experience.  Getting in the water was slippery and a bit scary.  The water is spooky but you can always just stand up.  The last 1/2 mile of Utah Lake, all I could think about was food.  I did not bring anything besides liquid feeds and a Swiss Cake Roll.  I did not put much effort into any of these miles.  I wanted to enjoy them more than worry about going fast.  I did focus on my stroke for most of the lakes.
I'm glad I did this and although I had a great time, I wish I could have shared it with someone.  I might see about taking out Utah Lake next time and finding another lake to hit.  I do want to make this an annual thing.
DONE!


4.3-ish OW

Friday, January 2, 2015

1Jan15 - Happy New Year!

Went to KEARNS this morning and did the New Year workout.  I have not swam a lot lately and still a bit sick so I just figured I would do my best.
Workout was
10 x 50 swim on :55 for all sets.  Others did :50 or :60
10 x 50 kick
10 x 50 pull
10 x 50 IM
1 minute rest.  Repeat 3 times.  Last set of IM can be 5 so you get 115 x 50
Fun workout.  I kept up fine first full rotation.  2nd rotation I started to fade.  I cramped a bit on the kick and could not make the time.  I felt slow.  The pull I got my time made up but started to fade...BAD
By the middle of the IM set, I could not make the times and was done.
I called it after 4000.  Not a bad first swim.  My right shoulder was also bugging me during the pull section and it would be dumb to push it.  I was happy with 4k for my first swim of '15.
Went home and took a nice nap!

4000 SCY

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

30Dec14 - DONE

It has been a LONG time since I have written here.  I have been swimming here and there.  I got pretty good burnout at the end of the OW season.  I took half of Oct off, all of Nov, and most of Dec off.  I just got wrapped up in school, busy with family stuff, and mostly just lazy.
This year has been great.  I did meet most of my goals.
I swam across Bear Lake, got to do the SF Bridge to Bridge swim, and did all USMS Postal swims.  I ended up getting 5th overall for the 5000 M and 2nd for the 10k M swim.  I was 1 of 2 people in my age group nationally to do all 5.
I did not do the UTC in 24 hours.  Logistics were a problem this year and I'll try again another time.  I also cut my goal of 500 miles total down to 400.  As of today, I am at 393.54.  Just shy.  I'm sick right now and I could force myself to go hit 400 but then it would make me resent the goal instead of appreciating how far I went this year.  Over a mile a day is good by me!
I also neglected SLOW a lot this year.  I was busy with school and work and others had commitments also and it just did not happen for us very much this year.  Even our WFPBC meetings have been non existent.
We are having our SLOW annual awards dinner tonight so hopefully it will spark some fire for swimming back into me.
Another great thing is starting 1Jan, Masters swimming at KEARNS is now included in the membership cost. This will definitely help keep me motivated to keep swimming.  I want to work on speed.
The only plans I have for next year is that I am crossing Lake Tahoe (21 miles) the first Thur in Aug.  I'd like to do the UTC in 24 hours and the last one is to do a double crossing of Bear Lake width.  I'd really like to do this with my buddy Chad.  He has done a single crossing both directions like me but not a double width.  I think it would be neat to finish doing all 3 Bear Lake Challenged with my friend.
I'm happy with what I did this year.  The goals I missed I really did not have my heart fully committed to anyway so no big loss.
I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me this past year.  Lots of love for my crew for my Bear Lake crossing and most of all my wife.  She once again has put up with my swimming and lets me do pretty much whatever I want when it comes to my training.

Goodbye 2014 and onto new adventures in swimming for 2015.

Monday, September 22, 2014

22Sep14

Don't worry folks, I'm still alive.
I used to be able to update this daily at work.  They have a new security and internet blocker at work so for some reason, "blogger" sites are blocked.  I'm still swimming but the only time I can write is at school and by then I usually forget to do so.

I'm still swimming.
Mon, Wed, and Thu I have class so I do around 200-2500 yards
Tue and Fri I do around 5000-ish

I am no longer worried about distance.  I'm doing some speed work and staying ahead of my goal pace to hit 500 miles for the year.

Right now my workouts aren't worth writing down.

I do around 500-1000 WU
Some snorkel
Some pull
speed work.  I like to do 100's on the 1:30 and 50's on the :45.  I'm slowly getting faster but I really want to get near 6:30 for the 500.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9Sep14

1000 WU
500 pull with snorkel
500 pull
500 steady swim
500 time trial.  Not really going all out but trying to stay focused and steady.  Hit 7:14  Meh...not too bad
5 x 100 odds easy and evens fast
2(200free then 50 breast)

4000 SCY

5Sep14

Short workout today
Decided I'm going to start trying to do quicker sets and try to increase my speed.

500 WU
500 with snorkel
5 x 100 on the 1:30
10 x 50 on the :45
500 CD

2500 SCY