Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday Randomness

Yeah, I am pretty lucky.  I got my friend Beth to paddle with me for my swim across Wyman Lake.  This is my 3rd time across this year, and the water just keeps getting warmer.   I think we must be around 56-58 degrees now?  Not sure.

Check out my swim spot the other night:
Take a look upstream, it was bliss.  That point is part of a triangle course I made up.
As you can tell, I really love open water swimming.

I love that I am getting stronger swimming now after not swimming for most of the winter. I am more comfortable in open water than a pool, which may sound strange, but I feel so confined in a pool.  Training is going well and I plan on bike hill repeats tonight, swimming and biking for the next 3 days and then evaluate my schedule and maybe try a run since I have the Pirate Triathlon in just over a week.

Next Race!

Speaking of my next race, the Pirate Triathlon is fast approaching!  I am psyched, this was the first triathlon I ever did, and I am  meeting my buddy Molly this weekend to do some open water swimming and to check out the bike course.  This will be her first open water triathlon, she is a strong swimmer and is going to be just fine once I show her a few open water sighting things (what little I know). 

I can't believe it has been a year since I became an addict.  I am sure I will bust my old swim and bike numbers to pieces, but I am not so sure about that running thing since I haven't set foot to pavement in a few weeks.

Speaking of the Pirate Triathlon, thank you all so much for your support of my fundraiser - we are only $400 short of our goal to send a family to Camp Sunshine, thanks largely to your support.  There is still time to donate and be eligible for some awesome prizes (Brooks Sneakers! White Water Rafting Trip! LL Bean Gift Certificate!)  If you are interested, the donation page is HERE.

Fenway Faithful
I went to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play last night.  I really love Fenway Park, we had amazing seats, 4 rows up from the field along the 3rd base line.  I forgot my camera, I am so mad!  But we were basically here (I stole this off of the internet, we were more toward left field, but that close to the field!):

I think I came close to drinking my body weight in beer (even at $8 a pop) and led the Sweet Caroline singing in my section in the 8th inning.  I made John proud.  I guess he had a long drive home, I slept the whole way.


Good Luck!
Good luck to all who are racing this weekend! If you get a chance, stop by their blogs and send along some good mojo!
  • Jon and Regina are both in the Mooseman HIM this weekend!  You guys are both going to do awesome!
  • Amanda is running Kansas City Hospital Hill 1/2 Marathon on Saturday - go get them Amanda!
  • Laura B is running Race for The Land 1/2 Marathon on Saturday as well!  WOOT! Best of luck to you Laura! 
  • Tri-James is racing in the Heat Wave triathlon this weekend.  Swim, bike and run hard!
And to anyone else who is racing this weekend that I didn't mention - best of luck!

21 comments:

misszippy said...

You are SO lucky to get to do those great lake swims! I am loving being outside in the pools right now, a step above indoors, but not the same as a lake.

Fun to go to see the Red Sox!

Jon said...

How warm is the lake now? I have to say that you have the BIGGEST swimming pool all to yourself. I'm Jealous!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Ahhh Fenway Park. I've had a few beers there.

RockStarTri said...

I love open water much better than the pool but almost all of my OWS is done in salt water. Fenway would be perfect if the Red Sox didn't play there :)

Whitarican said...

No comment on the red soxs....Nice pics in the water, looks very cool and peaceful even though 56-58 still has that initial shock when you enter.

TRI-james said...

GO SIT IN THE PORTALET - 20 MINUTES - lol

The lake is better because you have more to watch than and damn line.

skierz said...

you live in a place that is exactly where I grew up! good luck on your tri this weekend! the water is still a chilly?? but, we need to do what we need to do! Cheers

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

You are lucky to have such a beautiful lake that is cool! When we swim in our lakes we have to keep an eye out for gators..... (really)

TRI-james said...

ONEHOURIRONMAN +1 on the gators!

JudyMac said...

Beautiful lake! The one I've been swimming in is much smaller, just 800m is length. I'm still so new to it that I get dis-orientated. It is way better than turning every 25m in a pool though.

You'll rock the Pirate, worse case scenario walk the 5K at your best pace to stop the calve cramping. How is it by the way? Any progress.

Midwestern Dot said...

56-58 degrees?? ...my face would have frozen! I'm happy you're getting out there...it would take me some getting used to to swim in the lake all the time, but it would be fun!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

My OWS is not as strong as my pool swimming, I will admit that, I am literally batting 500 when it comes to ows tri's.

I been to Fenway, such a fun place to watch a game.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Mandy, I would surely get hypothermia in 56 degree water ...wow, you are tough!!

Love Fenway too! You can feel the history just walking there. Even though they mah have the most uncomfortable seats ever I still love it!

DRog said...

Impressive open water swims! Incredible pics...

Caratunk Girl said...

Ugh - Gators???? Geez. So what do you do when you see one and you are swimming, exactly? More importantly, what do you do if they see you?

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Beautiful swimming hole! I'm hoping to do my first open water swim in Lake Michigan on Tuesday, I figure I'll sight off the icebergs. :)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

look at you! so cute! love the open water swimming (god bless you) and the baseball game. good life!

Tricia said...

what a lovely place to swim!

Glenn Jones said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate that you took some of your valuable time to read and comment.

Amazing photo of your lake. But the water is downright frigid! Yikes!

Black Knight said...

That is a beautiful place to swim, I have to try the lake too, never done until now. I like the pictures very much.

ShirleyPerly said...

Wow, that water temp seems really COLD to me still!

I think I'd love OWS if I could always swim in a wetsuit and not have to be concerned about gators (a triathlete recently got bit while practicing on his own in a local lake where tris are often held).

Hope your upcoming race goes well!