swimming

a triathlete’s holiday wishlist

The catalogs have started arriving in bulk at my house. My kids are getting hand cramps from circling new Lego sets, rainbow loom accessories, and other bits of colorful plastic. OK, it’s not just the kids.  It’s me, too. For some context, my husband and I just celebrated our 13th anniversary.  The traditional gift for […]

More

gazinta swim

My morning swim workout was joyfully improved by my 10 year old daughter. Each time I reach the wall, I look at my handy workout scrap of paper to see what’s next. This is what I saw today.  Hannah had embellished. I smiled each time. It wasn’t just that these little guys (called “gazintas”) are […]

More

procrastination & BTTW*

Arriving to the pool at 5:45 is feat in itself.  For me, it means everything has to be packed and laid out and ready to go.  Fins, goggles, cap, water, nutrition bar, inhaler, towel – everything needs to be packed and at the back door. The alarm needs to sound at 5:10 – and I […]

More

“Does your neck hurt when you do that?”

…asked a young high school swim team member as I finished my first 100 yards of backstroke, ever. “No, not really.” I replied. Then realizing  she was being incredibly polite I asked, “If I keep swimming like this, will it?”  “definitely.” I think I modeled my head position after this otter.  It seems reasonable.  These little […]

More

Swim – Cruise Finder #1

The 1st step in any good planning is to figure out where you are. My coach, being a really good planner, needs to know where I am with my swimming.  So today’s swim workout was geared to finding my baseline.  Kelsey tells me that this will be my “cruise time”. Today’s cruise-finder workout: warm-up (my […]

More