This week, in a swim group I follow, someone asked the inevitable question. How many miles did you swim this year? Quickly, the numbers started rolling in as swimmers posted their totals. 487 and 204 and 849 and 103 and 1312. Some swimmers were proud of miles completed after returning to the water post-injury or … Continue reading
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Swim Speed Secrets Coaching Certification – Part Two
After two partial days with Sheila Taormina, both swimming with her and then, watching her offer technique feedback on the videos of swimmers attending the Swim Speed Secrets Clinic, it was time for the “real” work to begin! I woke up early on Saturday, a little disappointed that I would not be able to swim … Continue reading
Swim Speed Secrets Coaching Certification – Part One
Wow. So much to tell about the incredible weekend I had in Sarasota, Florida, attending Sheila Taormina’s Swim Speed Secrets Coaches Certification. In fact, it’s taken more more than a week to process all that I did and learned. And now, it’s time to share. Sarasota, Florida is not a bad place to escape to … Continue reading
The Swimmer Fight or Flight response – Why I am nervous about practice every. single. time.)
Last night, I couldn’t swim. Okay, technically that’s not true. My arms moved. I rotated. I did something with my legs, maybe, and I managed to breathe. I knew before going in that it was going to be “that kind” of swim day. My nerves were as engaged as my core even before I got … Continue reading
This past few weeks at Swimcrest
A lot of activity this past few weeks. First, Swimcrest took it on the road, with a field trip to Lake LBJ in Texas, AKA where my in-laws live. Open water swimming at 75 degrees? Sure. I’ll take it! Because as we New Englanders know, that is NOT happening here for a good long while. … Continue reading
And sometimes, even I hate swimming.
I don’t love every swim. Yesterday, my swim felt terrible. I was mentally absent. Physically uncomfortable, or maybe just tired. Every stroke felt like a chore and I dragged my body through the water like a leaden lump, none of that glide I’ve come to cherish in my swimming. I beat myself up as I … Continue reading
Too cold in the Hudson? Head to Vermont where it’s colder!
Frustrated by my decision to drop out of Stage 4 of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, today HAD to be a swim day. And an outdoor one. We decided to head North because if it was cold in the Hudson, surely it would be warmer across the border in Vermont at the gorgeous Harriman … Continue reading
“But don’t you get bored?” AKA the question I get asked most about my swimming
“What do you think about when you swim for that long? Don’t you get bored?” These questions, or some variation of them, are what I get asked most often when people hear I train for long distance open water swimming. Right now, I am training for an upcoming 15.2 mile swim. Yup. That’s a long … Continue reading