Swimming in the pool is a “necessary evil” for my preparation for the English Channel 2013 swim. The Channel, however, is not a pool swim. That means I need to get outside and swim in the open water. It is amazing what resources I am able to find online for my summer 2011 open water swimming calendar.
To date, I’ve got 3 open water races/events “penciled” in for my post-Ironman Coeur d’Alene swim training. These swims are the “organized” ones; trust me, I’ll be out doors as much as I possibly can, training. If you looked at my calendar today, you’d see the following swims: (1) COMA Cascade Lakes swim series; (2) Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim; and (3) La Jolla Rough Water Swim.
The “COMA” swim is put on by the Cascade Oregon Master’s Association. It is actually a series of 5 swims: 500, 1000, 1500, 3000, 5000 meter swims over a weekend just outside of Bend, Oregon. The Deer Creek swim is outside of Salt Lake City, Utah (I get to go to Rubio’s!!), in which I have a choice of swimming 1 mile, 5 k, 10 k or 10 miles. The La Jolla Rough Water will be 2 swims in the ocean: a one mile and a 3 mile (Gatorman) swim.
Locating and calendaring races and events is a motivational opportunity and experience. It “keeps it real” for me. It also helps schedule work and family obligations so I am able to truly focus on swimming during the time on my calendar. Focus, as I am finally beginning to appreciate, is critical to successful training and racing.
Until next time…stay focused on your goals and do everything in your power to achieve them!