Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday long swim

Oh dear, I am laughing, I had an EPICALLY long swim - it was good, but it was even better when it was over!

I have been feeling remorseful at how little I've been swimming this month. I have these two long-distance swims lined up for September, and I'm looking forward to them both quite a bit, but I guess when I signed up for them I did not know that I'd have any kind of bike here for training purposes and I also had not yet signed up (it is related!) for a late-season half-ironman! I thought the races would serve as good incentives to make sure I swam a lot, but in the event, the bike has taken priority (because, as Al says, in long-course triathlon it really is all about the bike!).

Anyway, I was determined to get in a 90-minute sea swim before I go back to New York on Sunday, so instead of going to the gym with Brent for a treadmill run, I headed out into the SEA for a notional 45-minute out-and-back. I swim north along the shore, so at any point I am actually only about 50 yards off the shore, it is shallow and one can easily get ashore if needed, so it is actually ideal for swimming long.

I find that it is a bit of a trial to stay in for long enough - I have had several swims here where I turned around a little early and then had to kind of kill time in the water when I arrived back at my starting point by doing little pointless loops - so I was kind of figuring it would be good to swim a bit longer on the outwards leg just so that I wouldn't be tempted to cut it short...

I am a person of terrible sense of direction, including NO eye whatsoever for landmarks/buildings; but I know that it is a mile from the Royal Palms to the Ritz-Carlton, because that was the course for the Flowers Sea Swim in June, and the Ritz is probably the only building other than the Grandview (where Brent lives - it is conveniently painted a lovely and unusual color of light blue and looks accordingly quite different from the plethora of yellow and sand-colored buildings that all look the same to me!) that I can actually recognize from the seaward side. So when I spied the Ritz in the distance, I thought I would keep swimming until I got there so that I could have DATA afterwards on exactly how far I'd swum!

Anyway, it was pretty much exactly the 1-hour mark when I got to the Ritz, and I turned around and headed back into what had become much higher swell in the meantime - not rough, but bumpy...

The story was "Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink!" My aerobic fitness and muscular endurance are pretty good, I definitely can swim for a very long time without stopping (I want to do a 10K swim sometime!), but I must confess that I cannot remember the last time I was so thirsty as the last half-hour of this swim - the swell means that salt water is inevitably going into one's mouth, even if one is not actually swallowing it - I was fantasizing for the last twenty minutes about the huge glass of water I was going to drink and the orange I was going to eat when I got home!

And indeed they were both very good...

(I got out 50 yards or so early - I had my eye on the clock and realized that I was going to be late for the movie we were planning on watching on television if I did not hop out and hoof it the very last bit home! Stopped my watch at 2:02, so it is fairly even splits, all things considered...)

2 hours - EPIC THREE-MILE SWIM!

4 comments:

ShirleyPerly said...

Great job, Jenny!. I'm surprised with all the swim events there that there are no fixed buoys in the water. Hopefully the Ritz will never paint their building to blend in more with the others!

Wendy said...

WELL DONE!

Leah said...

Very impressive!

Danielle in Iowa said...

Once I start thinking about needing water, it is all downhill if I don't get some soon. Seriously, I'd be pretty easy to torture.