Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Flotsam and Jetsam

Summer Season

It is already hot and sticky in H-town. In these conditions, sometimes the only thing to motivate me outside instead of staying on the treadmill is . . . dare I say it . . . the scenery. There is nothing quite so fetching as runner chicks in sports bras with bare midriffs and pony tails haulin' a** in a pair of Nikes.

There, I said it. I'm a bad person, but I bet I'm not the only runner admiring the view.

How Not To Die: Some Observations To Quell The Panic

1. I swam 4x500 in the pool this morning with almost no effort. I am, therefore, beyond a shadow of a doubt, physically capable of swimming 1x500 in the lake this weekend. I will not drown.

2. In the pool, I can "rest" with my head down simply by slowing my stroke and rotating for a good long breath. Lifting my head stops momentum, causes my feet to sink, and wastes energy. I will, therefore, beyond a shadow of a doubt, rest with my head down during the race rather than dog paddling like a wus in search of a kayak.

3. In the pool, I practiced switching from 18 strokes freestyle, two breastroke to check my course, and back to freestyle. It is effortless. I will, therefore, beyond a shadow of a doubt, perform this maneuver successfully in the race, swim on course, and arrive at T1 fresh for the bike.

4. Carmen awaits in T1. 'Nuff said.

6 comments:

Habeela said...

Keeping your head down when you rotate for a breath...you have just discovered the secret to good swimming! It's amazing how many people fail to make this connection. :)

Flatman said...

mmmmmm....carmen....

Sorry, I just lusted over your girl.

greyhound said...

Carmen is not mine. I am hers. She only tolerates me.

christine said...

thanks for sharing your secretes in the swim, i'm hanging on to every word!

Veeg said...

I am so excited for you. :)

21st Century Mom said...

I just read your open water swim post and loved the inner dialog - so true! Anyhow, as you now know, the start all foamy and thrashy and there are people kicking and swimming over the top of you. So - if you need to do a little more breaststroking than you think, it's okay. It is not wussy at all. It's just what you have to do sometimes to keep going.

You sound very, very ready for this triathlon. Good luck!