The longest 350 yards EVER!

August 5, 2006 on 7:00 pm | By | In Train to Eat | 1 Comment

Today was my first real attempt at open water swimming in preparation for my first triathlon. I survived, but it’s obvious I need more practice if I’m to swim a 1/2 mile by September 10.

Open Water Swim

The smartest thing I did: I signed up for the open water clinic through Mary Meyer Life Fitness.

The dumbest thing I did: I waited until today — the culmination of SEAFAIR — to take the clinic.

On this last weekend of SEAFAIR, the Blue Angels perform aeronautic acrobatical feats while the hydroplanes attempt not to (frequently without success). Both are cheered on by drunken boating enthusiasts who choke up Lake Washington with exhaust and ribaldry. Our clinic was smack dab in the middle of these festivities, so any hope of smooth, calm swimming was quickly dashed. Our coaches kept stressing that if we could swim in THOSE conditions, our race day swimming experience would be gravy. I certainly hope so, as I need to be able to swim THREE TIMES the distance I did today.

On a bright note, I’ve discovered that sushi — lots and lots of it — is the perfect post-swim meal.

1 Comment

  1. Congrats on setting and meeting your goal. Boy, do you look tired!

    Comment by Chef Mark — August 13, 2006 #

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