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English Channel

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nice GSL swim

I met Gords, Sarah and Lisa at the GSL for what turned out to be a nice warm swim. We all decided to at least go to Black Rock once. While we were getting in a guy stopped us to let us know that there was a sail boat race getting ready to start, it was nice to have someone else looking out for us. We made our way into the water and took off towards Black Rock. The first quarter mile I was really sluggish and was having a hard time warming up, but by the time I made it to Black Rock I was feeling Pretty good. When everyone got there we stayed and chatted for quite a while and took a couple of pictures, the water this shallow was really warm. The lake was as calm as ever and made for a great swim. While chatting Gords had mentioned that he was probably going to do to laps. we chatted a bit more and we were off back towards the marina. I noticed that I was swimming straighter and was sighting a lot easier, must of been from the calm lake. I got back to the red buoy and got a drink then followed Gords on a Second lap. on the was back to the marina I made a wide path to make sure I got the total 4 miles that I was looking for, when I got back my GPS said 4.02 miles. So total swim for the day was 4.02 miles in under 2 hours

Hers the link to the GPS

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bountiful Lake

Yesterday was my first time swimming in Bountiful Lake. I was a little hesitant to go because of the bad things Ive heard about it. Turns out its just like swimming in any other lake, not bad at all. I met Gords there and we were slow getting in, he thru his watch in to get a temp and it read 60 degrees not bad. I got in up to the getting used to the cold point and then took off after Gords. I did heads up breast until I got used to the cold and took off way behind Gords. we swam around the islands and back to the starting point. I also used my new swimmer buddy and really liked it. there was virtually no drag behind you. After we got out I asked how cold it was and Gords said 54 degrees. Total swim for the day .84 miles in open water.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Catching up

Wednesday I did a 1.3 mile in a pissy GSL. water temps were around 56 I think so with my water aerobics class this morning I was in the water for about 2 hours.

Thursday morning I did:
1000 warm up
2000 pull
1000 kick
2000 free swim
total 6,000 SCY

This morning I did the same workout as yesterday, trying to get into a good routine.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Yet another pool swim

Got to the pool late again, starting to be the story of my life. jumped right in and did
1,000 warm up
1,000 pull set
1,000 fins
2,000 swim

total for this morning 5,000 SCY

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bear Lake EC Qualifying Swim

Well it looks like I will be doing my EC qualifying swim at bear lake this year. I wanted to do it at the GSL, but with the water temps coming up to fast I will be like my good friend Gords and looking for colder water. Did not swim this morning but will make up for lost time this afternoon in the pool will be swimming 7,000 yards.

Here is the link for the proposed course at Bear Lake
 Garmin Connect - Bear Lake EC Qualifying Swim

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Longest Swim of the Year in the GSL

I got to the marina really early because I work across the street, by 4:30 I was wondering if anyone was going to show up. Right then everyone did. I met Josh, Gords, Sara, Sam and Lisa. This was Lisa's first time in the GSL and she rocked it. I wanted to do 2 Gridley Straights but when I left the protection of the break walls the seas were churning. I started behind Sara and was following her and then went around her. I think the waves were bothering her. I swam non stop to Black Rock and checked the time. I was at a 35 minute mile and was slightly disappointed.I looked around for a bit to see who was behind me and I couldn't See anyone.they must of turned around. I took a drink and headed back towards the marina. the waves were starting to pick up and I was being pushed to shore. I had to turn and swim directly into the waves to make it back to the marina opening. I got to the red buoy and took another drink and decided that I wanted to swim more than the 2 miles that I did, so I started swimming directly into the waves out towards the middle of the lake. The waves and swells were getting pretty big, I would swim hard to get on top of them and get my face slammed into the bottom of the next wave. I swam until I was getting tired of my face hurting and turned around and headed back towards the marina opening. This was the payoff for swimming directly into the waves because I was basically body surfing on my way back in. the only part I don't like about it is when the next wave comes to push you you get sucked backwards slightly. I got back to the boat ramp and looked at my watch. 3.11 miles in 1:28:07 minutes. water was warmer and it was a good workout to go along with my aerobics class.