Thursday, April 30, 2009
During my peak training months, I include transitioning from swimming in a pool to open water (Ocean). I started my transition on April 25 with a short 30 minute acclimation in the Atlantic (44 degrees) and a 5 hour pool workout. The following day I swam 4 hrs at the pool and a 30 minute fun swim in the ocean. I usually give myself a week of "fun" acclimating to the frigid waters here in Maine. I will swim a little freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke during the first week of open water and include diving through the waves. This transition period includes having fun. After all, that's why I enjoy marathon swimming. I will continue this open water training technique the remainder of this week. Next week, I will extend my open water swims to 45 minutes and continue with long pool workouts. As soon as the ocean temp gets above 50 degrees, I will have longer swims in the ocean and shorter pool swims. I used this method of transitioning last year and worked very well for me.
Friday, April 24, 2009
April 25th. Time to get back in the Ocean this weekend. Air temperature inland was 60's to 70s a Spring heatwave for Maine. Water temperature is in the 43 to 44 deg F. No set time was planned however Pat spent a comfortable 30 minutes in the water while everyone on the beach was rugged up against the cool sea breeze.