Sunday, February 10, 2013

Aftermath of the swim

My tri club is starting up this seasons New to the Sport program and I was hoping to be a regular participant as a way of getting back into training. But I'm not really ready. I did attend the first Open Water Swim yesterday.

OH. MY. GOD. It was FREAKING COLD.

Air Temp: 33 F
Water Temp: 51 F

I have never in my life swum in water that cold.



Because it was so cold and I was trying to take it easy, I spent most of the time buddying up with two new people who were having trouble breathing. I assured them this was normal and gave them all my tips for surviving.

In case you are interested these include:

Warming up before the race so you get used to the cold before the race.

Swimming with your face out of the water and keep trying to put it in the water until you can.

Doing the breast stroke.

Breathing slow and easy and taking your time.

We did all those things and then the real coach swam with Purple Cap for a while and I got out because I still can't swim more than about 20 minutes without getting tired.

As far as I can tell, I don't think doing this swim set me back in the Head Injury department. My head hurt today but not any more than it normally does on a Sunday that I go grocery shopping and stay up all night the night before to watch figure skating on the internet.

So I'm going to do it again in two weeks when the club has their next Open Water Swim. Yeah me!
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