Monday, September 9, 2013

Guess what?! More swimming!

There's not much exciting news to post from the past couple of weeks. I swam at Branched Oak Lake last weekend and again this weekend. In between, I did some workouts with my Y Masters group and, well, that's about it. I need to get in some strength training and a little jogging wouldn't kill me. 

The marathon swimming community has exploded with controversy over Diana Nyad's epic swim from Cuba to Florida. Seriously, I think a few people have busted a jugular over it. I'm just not that bothered by whether or not she followed "the rules" -- whatever those might be for this kind of pioneering swim. I agree that she should be completely forthcoming about all that happened on the swim. But really - the 64-year old woman swam a long damn distance. I don't care if she had vodka tonics for feeds and took a few smoke breaks. She got in the water in Cuba and swam to Key West. Kudos to you, Diana.

Inspired by her crazy ass swim, I decided to put together a swimmer-lovin triathlon I've been thinking about for awhile. It's not a real event - no sanctioning, registration or support of any kind. It's just a training day turned into an event with a little help from Photoshop. I drove the cycling route after my swim on Sunday, and even got tired on the drive. It's going to be epic. And painful.

Meanwhile, I had a lovely lake swim on Sunday with Paul in the kayak. I L.O.V.E. kayak support! It is like the difference between shuffling around a little jail cell and flying in a jet over a little country. This is what my swim looked like - only for 4 hours and 50 minutes more.

My left shoulder is a little tweaky today (not twerky) and I iced it down for a bit. I have practice in the morning so I'd better call it a blog. I'm getting ready for a Lake McConaughy swim next month. And psyching myself up for cold water. YEEEEEESH.


  1. This looks like a pretty good overview of the controversy you mentioned.

    Way to keep at it btw. If someone (ABSOLUTELY NOT ME) wanted to join your weekend adventure, how would they do that?

  2. Yeah, we'll see how this plays out. I always think the best of people and was probably the last person on the planet who thought Lance didn't dope. If someone would like to join me for Poseidon's Triventure, I set up a fb event:

    And if somebody - absolutely maybe YOU - wanting to join me for just the cycling part (you'd have to ride a fixie with one leg to make it even) then show up at Area 1 at Branched Oak about 10:15 a.m. that Sunday.