Open Water Swimmer

Twice, Elle and I swam in Lake W. You already know my reasons for avoiding that lake. Well, turns out, not all beaches are the same. The first day, I told myself that it would be fine, and I am a seasoned race competitor, not scared of things like milfoil and grindylows. I wore my…

What’s Up, Summer?

Summer accomplishments: 100 fly!!! I slowed around 75, but I focused on my form and finished strong! Conquered my fears, sort of. Every year, jumping into the lake is a challenge. Milfoil creeps me out, and going over it is so scary. I think about all the creatures lurking below, and the sweepy-sway of the…

Playing with the Big Boys

On an off day, and arriving late, my lane was occupied by a pair of medium swimmers who looked like they needed the lane more than me. I joined the Very Fast lane, and hung with the fast guys. All I could think of was the song, Playing with the Big Boys, from The Prince…

Hitting the Mark

I finally cracked the code! After working on this goal off and on for years, my fellow swimmer gave me a tip: tumble turns. When he was learning how to swim, he was told to touch the wall before turning. That puts you at the perfect distance from the wall for nailing it every time.…

Flippity Flip

I tried very hard not to psych myself out and wound up surprising myself. I let go of the chase for perfection and decided to try my best. I nailed the wall a couple times on my turns. It felt good and I was in a groove, swimming strong and leading the crew. That was…

The Edge of Perfection

The edge of perfection eluded me all week (and in this case, the edge specifically refers to the pool wall). I got it into my head that I need to fix my flip turns. The strange thing about me is that on my own, I can flip all day, but, with my crew, I can…

How to Be Present

I did this workout twice and modified it to suit the lane and mood. It worked really well with a larger than normal group of noobs and with a bunch of tired folk. The routine was a great way to introduce people to the lane and get them accustomed to our pace and the structure…