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The End of the Split Channel Training

August 30, 2007

After yesterday’s frigid swim and giving myself mild hypothermia, I decided a change in venue was necessary for my 6 hour end of the Channel training.  I chose my home base of Hagg Lake.  I knew that it wouldn’t be cold enough by a long shot, but I also knew that I couldn’t physically handle another swim in 52 degree water.  (Note: Even after reviewing the tide charts, I couldn’t find an optimum time to have Nehalem Bay be in the high 50s for a majority of the swim). 


At Hagg Lake, my mom was a trooper.  She strapped on a life jacket and joined me throughout the lake for the entire 6 hour swim.  Now I won’t say that everything went smoothly.  I was definitely sore from the previous day’s swim.  In addition, I was irritable and since she was out in the water with me she caught the brunt of it.  Remember I stated that anyone with me becomes my TV, well if someone is there I actually expect to see them when I turn my head to breathe.  This requires the kayaker/walker/etc to stay right beside me and in my eye line when I turn my head.  This can be quite a challenge in a kayak, but I didn’t care. 


Its funny.  When I swim alone, I don’t expect to see anyone and I just get on with the swimming.  However, if someone decides that they are going to be there to keep me company, I expect them to be there for every breath.  I hate having to raise my head to look for them or look behind me.  My stroke goes all wonky and I can’t focus because I start to wonder “What the heck is going on?  Can’t they see I’m back here and trying to keep up”.  It also becomes painful for me on my neck and shoulders as I keep adjusting to see the crew with each breath. 


The other flaw in this swim was that I had run out of Carbo Pro, so my feedings didn’t contain the necessary energy for me to consistently swim.  My stroke rate was all over the place and my stroke was quite choppy (some of which I attribute to above mentioned issues).   But my parents hung in there through my bad mood and all.  In the end, we all made it through. 


Swimming Notes:

  • Never ever run out of your energy fuel.  It is critical to swimming success.  Thank goodness Jane has a much better idea of what I need from a fuel perspective.  This has never been my strong suit.
  • I will mentally go through some very tough times and yes the crew is going to catch a bit of the wrath.  I try to be good, but there are some real low points.
  • I listen to Jane much more than I listen to my parents.  Perhaps this has to do with residual childhood rebellion.  For this reason, Jane has been given the job of being the Head Crew person.  She is responsible for communicating with me and keeping my parents in line 🙂
  • I made it through!
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