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Back to the pool

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It was not my intention to do this, but I took a week off last week; life just got in the way.  But the week before that, Zoe (my 3.5 year old daughter) and I went to Lake San Antonio toodle around the lake with some friends in their boat.  While we were moored up on a beach to let the girls play in the sand for a bit, I swam in open water for about 15 minutes.

This was my first time in open water; boy howdy, am I glad I did that once now before the event.  Open water swimming is SO different than pool swimming.  I've always done by best in the pool to not use hard surfaces at all, but what can't be simulated is the movement of the water.  Wakes are a real problem swimming in an open active lake.  Good to know.

This morning, I was woken by work at 3:30am and didn't finish until about 6am so I just stayed up, made myself a (couple) cup(s) of tea, and went to the pool.  (I wasn't PLANNING to go to the pool today, but I'll take what I can get. :-)   As the joke goes, "boy are my arms tired."  It's been two weeks since I've swam.  I did 10 laps, 500m.  The first 8 laps were done in 15 minutes without stopping very much (lane traffic made me stop briefly on my 4th lap to let someone pass without collision.)  I think that's an improvement, though to be honest I'm not really sure.

What I need to do:
  • Keep going. AT LEAST once a week.  More would be good.
  • Get goggles and a snorkel.  I'm still swimming on my back, and I'd really like to start working on free style.
  • Keep working on kicking with my legs.  Man, that's hard to keep up.  I can do it when I'm thinking about it, but it hasn't become muscle memory yet.

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