Wow... way to long in between posts - sorry about that. So, in the last month or so, I have accomplished quite a bit:
* Swam my first mile non-stop!
This was such a confidence booster for me. I originally jumped in the pool to warm up before a quick 200m. Next thing I know, I wasn't stopping, and 1600 meters later - I swam my first mile non-stop. It was awesome - and I must say - it wasn't that bad! Unfortunately, I didn't clock the time, but I know it was under 30 minutes.
* Was on a radio show to talk about my fundraising/triathlon, Jeff and travelling (http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archive.asp?aid=6136 Segment 6, fast forward to 5min 30 seconds)
After the show, I actually met someone (the host's father-in-law) that is actually battling non-hodgkins lymphoma. It was an amazing experience to speak with someone who is going through treatment at the time, and hearing what he has experienced.
* Donated blood (don't do this if you are training for endurance events)!
If anyone has heard of Lance Armstrong, you have probably heard of "doping". Doping is injecting red blood cells into your system which is supposed to help athletes since RBC's are what carries Oxygen to your muscles, and play a vital role in exercising. Giving blood, as good as it is, it the anti-doping... and the effects are definitely feeling felt! But that's ok... they will come back... just in time for LAVAMAN!
* Jeff is doing much better... http://jeffhartnett.blogspot.com/
* Ocean swims!
This has got to be the most fun part of training - swimming in the ocean! I swear - get like 50 people together in the water, and it's like watching a bunch of 1st graders completely disregard their parents. Coach tries to lecture - but we keep body surfing... but the thing is - he is telling us to body surf! The Triathlon term is "Surf Exit". When you are nearing the end of your swim, use the waves to your advantage by riding them into shore.
We have done a few swims out to the bouy's and back, and I have to admit, it is a little unnerving to be swimming out there in the ocean, well beyond the point where your feet can touch the ground. The bouy looks like it is just 50 yards out in the ocean, which doesn't look far, but man, getting out there is a little bit more challenging!
One of the CRAZY parts about the swimming in La Jolla: So I was finishing my 4th lap to the buoy and back, and I about 20 ft from shore. I am pretty close the point where I can stand up to run out the water. Out of the corner of my left eye, I see what looks to be a tail. I think to myself "Man, that looks a little bit to be a Sting Ray tail", so I look over a little bit more... HELLO SHARK!!!! Granted it was ONLY a 3 ft Leopar shark, which don't attack humans, but nonetheless, it kinda woke me up. After I got outta the water, I yelled to coach "HEY DID YOU SEE THAT SHARK?!!" What I failed to realize is that there was a group of about 7 10 year olds abotu 6 ft away.... and after they heard me, it was nothing short of deafening... AAAAHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! We explained that they don't attack humans, but man that was funny!
Only 5 weeks to go until the big event! From here on out, it is all about fine tuning.