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First Open Water Swim - wetsuit was awesome :)


Thursday, July 04, 2013

Went for my first open water swim in my wetsuit and WOW, what a difference. I trained really hard in the pool and in short, said training really paid off out in the lake. I got invited to an informal group swim with some people training for the Teal Lake swim which will be on July 27th. The event is a 2.25 mile swim for diabetes and there will be an Olympic Gold Medalist there participating as well.

I giggled hysterically when I got in and started to bob around like a cork as I didnt know what to expect. Everything was so perfect. The fit, the support, everything. It took me a little bit to get adjusted to the new dynamic and realized that the breast stroke is out for use as a secondary stroke to switch to from the crawl. The flotation of the suit made it almost impossible to kick with my legs without thrashing.

What they guys were telling me was to just simply use your arms and drag your legs behind you. The swim becomes entirely upper body and your legs dont hardly get used at all. talk about energy savings for the rest of the race. I can really tell that this suit will be a game changer. I felt like I was literally flying through the water.

As a group we did between 1.25 and 1.5 miles then after a short break where we discussed technique and had a good laugh about the whole thing, I went back out for another mile. It sounds like alot but it was so easy it was almost cheating plus the weather and water was as perfect as you could ever want it.

I was having the time of my life.

Moving around the weedbeds I had to pause and watch the fish. Man, it was like Animal Planet. They had NO fear of me whatsoever so long as I didnt lunge toward them. Even saw some really nice bass as well. I love aquariums anyway and this was awesome :).

I am seriously considering doing the Teal Lake swim. We have 2.5 hours to complete it and there is full support, safety kayaks, canoes etc...

teallakeswim.com/

I feel %110 at home in open water. I had no issues swimming in 30-40' of water, if anything it added to the epicness of it all. They meet every Wed at 6pm so, with the exception of my night shift, I'll be going to every one of them. I cannot stress enough how EASY it was as opposed to pool swimming and yes there was a chop in the water and yes I did swim against the chop on my way back. While it did make sighting a little more of a challenge, it was way easier to me than pool swimming about as much as a treadmill compared to running outside.










I had an insanely good time and even for all of the mileage yesterday, I am not sore what so ever... - awesome :)

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CLPURNELL 7/9/2013 7:50PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/8/2013 4:15PM

    Sounds like your swimming is right on target. I'm glad the new equipment is making that huge a difference. Continue having fun. Hope you have fun if you decide to do the Teal Lake Swim.

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PIXIEMOM13 7/6/2013 1:29PM

    Looking good and so great to hear the enthusiasm bubbling through your blog!

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GEORGE815 7/5/2013 9:08PM

    Sounds like fun!

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BOILHAM 7/5/2013 6:05PM

    So, how do you like your new wetsuit? LOL. Your enthusiasm is echoing throughout this blog.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/5/2013 4:08PM

    Glad you are enjoying wetsuit swims....practice getting out on the run.

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GINA180847 7/5/2013 11:35AM

    Wonderful! It is so nice to enjoy your good times vicariously. We also share you angst and sadness when they come about so let's all just bask in the joy for a while.

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LINDAK25 7/5/2013 11:16AM

    That's fantastic! I didn't realize the suit would make that much of a difference!

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TRIATHLETE2BE 7/5/2013 11:15AM

  Awesome.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 7/5/2013 10:00AM

    so glad you found your niche and it will sustain you!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/5/2013 7:15AM

    "I was having the time of my life."

Indeed, it pours through every word!

Congratulations on having made such an important purchase, and for having found what sounds like a great way to train with some fantastic folks.

Best of success!

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LIVEDAILY 7/5/2013 12:02AM

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Your swim sounds GREAT!! That's wonderful that you've found a group to swim with, too! That really must have been awesome to swim so close to the fish. A note about swimming being mostly upper arm strength. If you've ever watched Olympic swimmers, it IS almost all upper body/arm strength and technique. You're gonna do great on your tri!!

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/4/2013 9:48PM

    It's a little hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like you may be slimming down a little.

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_JODI404 7/4/2013 6:19PM

    How awesome!! It sounds EPIC!! Very cool this is something you can do almost weekly! What a great confidence builder for your 70.3 to know your legs will be in great shape for the bike & run!

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LKEITHO 7/4/2013 4:38PM

    Great work! I found open water swimming very difficult, but I'm glad you had a completely different experience!

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LINDAKAY228 7/4/2013 4:31PM

    How awesome! Glad you had so much fun and it made such a difference! That's wonderful. I enjoy reading your adventures.

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BECCA315 7/4/2013 4:01PM

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CATIATM 7/4/2013 3:33PM

    How cool! I didn't know the suits had that kind of effect. I'm so glad you're having fun!

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DALID414 7/4/2013 2:13PM

    Coming from someone who doesn't know how to swim, you make it sound fun.

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SHANECODER 7/4/2013 12:44PM

    Way to go!! I love the OWS as well. SOOOO cool when you breath and you can see that wake you're creating.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/4/2013 11:24AM

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MOBYCARP 7/4/2013 11:13AM

    emoticon I so glad the wetsuit is working out well for you! Go for the Teal Lake swim. You'll have fun, and it will be good practice for your tri.

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JUNEAU2010 7/4/2013 10:57AM

    emoticon absolutely amazing!

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KAREN_NY 7/4/2013 10:13AM

    This IS aweSOME!!!!!!!!!

I had no idea a wet suit would do that -- cool!
Love that you're having such a great time!

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123ELAINE456 7/4/2013 9:43AM

  WOW!!! You Have It Made!!! Awesome!!! Wonderful Blog. Keep It Up!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Happy 4th of July. Stay Safe. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 7/4/2013 9:22AM

    You're ready for this challenge!!! You've it down pat and I'm just imaging you just skimming the top of the water, using just your upper body and your legs just hanging out, doing nothing!!! What a sight I see in my mind!!! Jump in with both feet and have a blast!!!

God bless,

- Nancy Jean -

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LEWILL1982 7/4/2013 8:56AM

    You're going to knock that tri out of this world!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/4/2013 8:52AM

    emoticon I rented a wetsuit last year that I ended up not using it was so warm. I'd heard from veteran tri guys about the bouancy factor, but it was so cool reading about your experience! Go, Robert, Go! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 7/4/2013 8:42AM

    WOW! This is amazing. I'm so happy that you have such a great opportunity. I really need to work on my OWS. I wish I could go with you!
And, yes, go for that race!!

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RAINBOWMF 7/4/2013 8:22AM

    Thanks for the great blog.
I would have never thought a wet suit could give you such a high. LOL

I am totally fascinated by it all now.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/4/2013 8:20AM

    Wonderful!

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PICKIE98 7/4/2013 7:53AM

    That is fantastic!! doing the strokes in a different way must have been something to concentrate on in that water , with all of the other factors. What an accomplishment!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/4/2013 7:29AM

    That is so emoticon Glad you had such a great swim. emoticon

Hmm. If the bass are big enough, I'd be thinkin' about taking my fishing rod down there. Yum! Dinner! emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/4/2013 6:35AM

    I rented a wetsuit for my first tri (June in Adirondack Mountains - water was brrrr! cold) as money *is* an object I'm skipping buying one for the next couple years. You sound like a kid in a water - remember those years when you used to scream for joy while playing in the water? Your gleeful post sounds exactly like that.

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    It is good you have found something you enjoy! Great blog! Keep up the good work (play)! emoticon

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MANILUS 7/4/2013 6:06AM

    Great job, glad the suit works for you!

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JSTETSER 7/4/2013 5:55AM

    Amazing! I grew up on a lake where 2 guys used to swim around the lake in their wet suits at dusk every night. They loved their wet suits!

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