Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just call me Cathy & spreading the word....

This morning's swim came and went, and the distance I achieved was less than I have ever done at swim practice. Playing the role of "Chatty Cathy" might have had a little to do with it, too. It's not completely my fault that others, teammates including swim coaches, felt like chatting as well.

While talking with others, I did find out about a group of people that meet out at a lake for an open water swim on Thursday nights. Marshall Lake isn't the closest lake, about 35 miles from here, but I hear it is pretty quiet. The only boats usually found on it are there for fishing purposes, and anchored. I am gone this Thursday, but I would really like to try joining this group sometime before the summer is over.


I also got to talking with another swimmer about the DL triathlon that I am doing here in less than 4 weeks. She had done it the past couple of years. It was nice to get a chance to hear about her experiences. She said that the water is disgusting (this might be the ONLY year I do this race), and their were nasty white caps last year with cold and rainy conditions. She said the ride around the lake was pretty decent and the run was an easy out and back. It must not have been too bad if she's thinking about doing it again this year. I can only hope for cooperative weather!





Spreading the Word....

On a completely different side note, I would like to spread the word.... the lovely Fair Weather Runner is looking for donations of used running shoes to send to those in need, in Africa. Check out her post telling us all about it. I am sure there are many of us who have tons of old pairs of shoes (or at least ONE pair of old shoes) that could be donated to such a great cause!

13 comments:

Runner Leana said...

First off...love the new blog header!

Having an open water swim group sounds terrific! Definitely take advantage of the practice when you can because there are so many other things to think about in a lake besides in the pool.

Fair Weather Runner said...

I give you mad props for open water swimming, it kind of scares me! But doing something like that with a group is motivational.

Thanks for the shout out! You rock :)

IronGambit said...

I think the point of doing these events is to challenge yourself, with weather and or not perfect conditions

RunToFinish said...

oh hope you can meet up with the group. I think that would probably be great practice for race days!

D10 said...

I need to practice some OWS. There is a group here that swims on Friday mornings at 9:00....who can go to these things, don't they know people work.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

ows practice sounds good

Jess said...

I'm sure the ows on Thursdays would be good practice!

Marlene said...

This is one of the main things that turns me off of tris - I'm very squeamish in lakes and I don't know if I could even get into icky water!

Getting together with the group for an open water swim on Thursdays sounds great!

Wes said...

The weather at every race is different! Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best!

Annette said...

Sometimes that chatting pays off! (Unless you get in trouble by the teacher!) ;)

Annette said...

Sometimes that chatting pays off! (Unless you get in trouble by the teacher!) ;)

Anne said...

Have a great time in NYC! So much to see and do there, you're gonna just love the change of scenery. And I wish I hadn't just gotten rid of my old running shoes. They were pretty worn down though. I'll remember for next time.

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