Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ironman Training - Swam the Ironman Half Distance in Under an Hour

This morning Irene and I arrived in 2 separate cars, since she had to go to work after our swim at Wildwood Lake.  As I parked the truck, I noticed the mist hovering above the lake waiting to be disturbed by us triathletes.  The lake was peaceful as a lake should be at 6am.  No fisherman or drunk people were to be found at the beach where we normally enter into the water.

A handful of us entered the water and started swimming to the left the sun and its reflection.  Irene was still a little nervous and got to the halfway point.  She was about 25 yards behind me.  Then I noticed Coach, Danielle start swimming towards Irene to check in on her.  I finally got to the other side and Deepak was treading water and waited for me, which I really appreciated.  He completed Ironman Syracuse 70.3 a couple of weeks ago and this was his first time at the lake.

The both of us headed towards the far side of the lake which I never have been before.  I aimed for the house and some kind of floating thing.  We both finally made to be greeted by John, Jose and Shane.  As soon as we arrived, it was time to head back and get on our bikes.  John pointed to the light pole, like he was Babe Ruth pointing to where we was going hit his homerun.  Technically this is John's tapering week before he does his first Ironman at Lake Placid, but I am not sure if he is quite tapering...  That is another story, and he looks strong for his race!

About 25 minutes later, I finally stood up and Irene was waiting for me and Deepak said his Garmin showed 1.32 miles.  I thought perfect, because my watch did not pick up 0.23 miles and showed that I did 1.09 in 58.55, which means I should be good for Timberman 70.3 next month.  A little more training and I should be faster.  Never thought I would be able to swim that far ever. Note, Ironman Swim Distance is 2.4 miles.

On to the bike!

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