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So long, Santa Cruz, CA!


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Today is the start of my coast to coast challenge. That means, so long Santa Cruz!




I will miss your beautiful scenery..



.. the boardwalk...



... and your fresh Farmers Market.



Santa Cruz, California was founded in 1769 by Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola. The weather is mild all year, which is great for water sports including sailing, diving, swimming, paddling, and surfing. I have heard it is bit of a college town, since you can find the University of California there. Ahh, if only I could really live there.. dare to dream, dare to dream.

I am a very poor swimmer and it is one of the two cardio workouts I am allowed to do for the next month ( I might make it two just to give my knee time to heal). When I went to the gym today, I decided to start slow. I Googled how many laps a mile would be.. and it is around 72 "lengths" for a mile. Half of that would be 36.. and half of 36 is 18. I made my goal 18 lengths so I could log that I swam a quarter mile.

Let me be honest, I did not SWIM the whole time. for the first 8 lengths I ran down the pool (in the water) as a warm up then proceeded to swim one length, then run back the other until I got to a total of 18. I REALLY need to work on my breathing for that one. On a good note, my abs feel like I did 100 crunches!

Anyone have any swimming tips for a beginning swimmer?

Watch out Vegas-- Here I come! 510.75 miles to go... emoticon
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DLSMITH9 1/2/2013 6:34PM

    Swimming is hard. I want to start getting back into it, it's just kinda of intimidating to go to a big pool. I might check out the UW pool some night after classes when it's not so busy.

My trick for remembering which lap I'm on, keeping my mind occupied, and giving my brain a workout is think of words of each letter of the alphabet. So the first lap I think of A words, then B words, and so on. It gets annoying after awhile, but helps me at least for awhile...

No advice for swimming. Just start and keep going and give yourself rest when you need it. Maybe pick a slower time at the pool??

Comment edited on: 1/2/2013 6:34:47 PM

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