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First Open Water Swim (and WWW: 4/3)

April 11, 2011 Family, Fitness No Comments

I finally took the plunge — my first open water swim of the 2011 season. I was in Santa Cruz for the 6th Annual Sisters Trip and thought the Beach Boardwalk area would be a good place to test the waters.

It was sunny and reasonably warm on the beach (~60). I wasn’t sure if I’d have a rocky water entry, so I chose to wear my Vibrams. My intention was to swim out to the end of the wharf and back. I didn’t measure the distance, but I had my watch on so I figured I’d go for 30 minutes or so and call it good.

A wetsuit is really a great thing. The water was cold — colder than I thought it would be — but between my “shoes” and wetsuit, it didn’t feel horrible.

But I won’t lie: putting my face in the water was worse than I thought it would be. Way worse. My hands do that crazy Raynaud’s thing when they’re only slightly cold, so I knew I wouldn’t have feeling in them for the entire 30 minutes. I was right. This was great practice, though! I had to force myself to breathe deeply and make full strokes. I had to force myself to calm down and settle in. As I looked up and saw fishermen casting their lines from the wharf, I had to stop thinking about the sea life that was likely swimming right under me…

My mom and sister kind of panicked when they couldn’t see me anymore, so they walked out onto the wharf to spot me. The Harbormaster had noted on a public chalkboard the water temperature: 52* F.

I finished in 24 minutes and my body was tingling from being so cold when I got out and started to warm up. It took a good hour to get feeling back in my toes, even after a hot shower. I ran 7.5 miles on Saturday, including to the end of the wharf and back. I was really pleased that the distance from where I went in the water to the end of the wharf was a half mile. If I can swim roughly a mile in roughly 24 minutes, I will be very pleased! My time last year at Wildflower was 30 minutes!

It was a great training weekend, performance-wise and scenery-wise!

Weekly Workout Wrap-up

Sunday: 33 mile bike ride + 4.5 mile run

Monday: 2100-yard swim

Tuesday: 19-mile bike ride

Wednesday: 5 mile run

Thursday: Hill repeats – bike ride

Friday: 1-mile open water swim

Saturday: 7.5 mile run

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