Tag Archives: swimmer

Why 2K is the answer of the day

Do you have certain training distances that make you feel like you’ve really “done something?” I have a few. Running at least three miles, for example. Riding at least an hour. For swimming, it is going at least 1600 meters, … Continue reading

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Up to my neck in another swimmer’s life story

At the swimming pool this morning I’d completed 500 yards when a fellow in the next lane over had a question about the substance I’d used on my goggles to keep them fog free. That led to a discussion of … Continue reading

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Six feet under is bad enough, but being twelve feet under feels worse

Yesterday during swim training I paused in the middle of the workout to don fins and do some kick work. After a dozen or so lengths swimming on my back, I stopped to remove the fins and one of them … Continue reading

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Early morning pool brain

“You’re too snuggly,” my wife admitted at 4:45 this morning when her cellphone alarm began beeping a third time. Guilty as charged. I had my arm over her warm body under the covers. The sweet smell of her hair in … Continue reading

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Ego interferes with common sense when it comes to something as basic as warming up.

I have advice for anyone training for anything. Go easy on yourself for those first two or three miles or the first ten minutes. At any age, the body and mind need time to warm up. But in our data-obsessed … Continue reading

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No longer a fool in the pool

Today I felt good in the water. Perhaps you know the feeling too. After weeks or months or years of swimming, running or riding, you reach a point where things come together a bit. You feel the flow. My wife … Continue reading

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A good stretch is hardly a stroke of luck in the pool

Definition; a stroke of luck: something good that happens to you by chance I headed to the swimming pool today because a rain storm threatened to swamp our region by mid afternoon. Part of me was considering a mountain bike ride, but with … Continue reading

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I don’t plan too heavy or too far ahead

I kind of take training as it becomes available. For example, that’s me doing some heavy lifting with a local tree. All part of the natural regimen I keep. But seriously… We got to the pool this morning at 6:00 … Continue reading

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Mortal soles

Last evening we made the decision to allow our cat Wanda go to a peaceful end. At fourteen years old, some of her vital systems were failing. It would not do to see her suffer through weeks of difficulty. Our … Continue reading

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Kick you fool

This weekend we’re heading up to Madison, Wisconsin to do the half-marathon. I’m simply hoping my tight old hips hold up all thirteen miles, but I’ll take what I can get. On Saturday, both Sue and I are having swim … Continue reading

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