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Old 08-29-2011
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Default The Lake George Races

I had a sensational couple of swims at the Lake George Races on Saturday during the calm before Irene. The setting was beautiful; the organization was great. I highly recommend these events for next year. There was a tradition of OW races on Lake George, dating back to the 1920s. It was revived in 2007, but only for that year. The organizers of this year's races plan to build on what they started this year. I'll be there again in 2012.

They had planned to offer 2.5 and 5k races on Saturday and a 10k on Sunday, but moved up the 10k to Saturday because of Irene. The 2.5k and 10k started at 0800, the 5k at 0930.

Other TI swimmers there were Saad El-Boury in the 2.5 and 5k, Bob Sherwood in the 5k and Steve Howard in the 10k. Steve improved about an hour over his time for a similar distance in the Kingdom Swim in July!

I intended to swim the 2.5 as warmup, staying relaxed, then try to match my pace in the 5k. I was pretty surprised when I came to the finish line to learn I'd finished 3d overall. My time of 42:21 meant I'd aim to finish the 5k in under 1h25m despite having only 50 min between events.

The course was diamond-shaped, following a semi-circular line of buoys south for 1.25k then back north by a matching semi-circle farther from shore.

I swam strategically on the first 1.25k leg, just finding a groove, and thinking Balance thoughts, aiming for a sense of lightness - both feeling weightless in the water, and with a very light sensation of pressure on hands and arms and a small, light 'Shinji-like' toe-flick.
Near the turn buoy, a group of 5 swimmers had formed, with me among them.
On the 2nd leg I focused on feeling a bit more power from an integrated weight-shift to stay with the group, measuring my tempo against theirs when anyone else was close (i.e. trying to stroke more leisurely while swimming the same pace), and moving toward the front of the pack.

When we reached the halfway point, I left the group to take a feed break at a raft. By the time I started swimming again I had a 20m gap to make up. But also a wind had come up, blowing chop in our faces and making smooth stroking a bit more challenging. So I focused on patient 'gathering-moonbeam' strokes - trying to avoid moving the water any more than the wind was already doing. I kept a mental image of each careful, precise stroke moving me inches farther than others in the group. I peeked forward every 20 to 30 strokes and each time it seemed as if I was drawing closer. As we rounded the buoy I was right in the middle of the group again.

As we turned downwind for home I picked up the pace trying to leave them behind. I felt absolutely great, better than I have in any race this summer . . . until I was stopped by a paddler who alerted me I was swimming toward a directional buoy on the wrong leg. He pointed me in the right direction and I could see I was now 30 to 40m behind the group.

I gave it all I had over the last 600m, caught the group and passed all but two before the finish line, only a few seconds short of them. (I was giving away several decades to nearly everyone else in the pack.) I'd swum as hard as I ever have in the last 100-200m but it was the most exhilarating bit of racing I've done in several years and left me feeling like I may finally be back from 16 months with recurring rheumatoid arthritis that left me unable to exert myself. It hurt so good!

I'm still feeling buzzed over it 54 hrs later.

Oh, my 5k time: 1:27:34, seven minutes faster than I swam for a 5k alone while winning the 60-64 age group at the US Masters 5k championship at Coney Island on Aug 6.
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Old 08-29-2011
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Congratulations! Sounds like despite the few hiccups, you had a great race!

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Old 08-30-2011
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Terry,
Glad to hear they were able to proceed with the races and great finish on both!
Trying to work up my OW competency and finally 'found' a game buddy.
All the best in the rest!

Cheers,
Alan
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Old 08-30-2011
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Hi Terry

Great to hear of your success in the OW events and even greater to hear that you are feeling great and revelling in your swimming.

I gather that Irene has inflicted serious damage to your home area, even though she has been downgraded to a "mere" tropical storm.

I trust you and yours are all well. I gather you are well, from Facebook chat.

Keep on swimming!
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Old 08-30-2011
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Default Excellent Swims with a nice little surprise!

I was not really prepared for these swims since I never had 2 races on the same day. Furthermore less than an hour rest in between didn't seem to be enough time to recover.

I was a bit disoriented at first because my tempo trainer was not working! I rely a lot on the TT as an OW 'newbie', it puts me in some sort of 'cocoon' of calm. It took me about 10 minutes to finally adjust, all I had to do is repeat the sequence of my usual focal points... I also have to work on improving my sighting skills in OW, I was way way off course a few times and had to be escorted back the paddlers...These navigation issues occured during the 5K as well, I feel bad for the swimmers who were following me.

Overall this was a great event and although I could not use my TT I still managed to complete the 2.5K in 55minutes and the 5K in 1h53mn, not too thrilled about these results but to my big surprise my pace was VERY consistent. My tempo was almost identical between the 2.5 and 5K! all this without using the tempo trainer!!!

I am really looking forward to my next OW swims, too bad the season is almost over...
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Old 08-31-2011
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[quote=saadbox13;21767]I was a bit disoriented at first because my tempo trainer was not working! I rely a lot on the TT as an OW 'newbie', it puts me in some sort of 'cocoon' of calm.

A questione here. Is it legal to use a Tempo Trainer in open water races? I think it is not allowed in pool races but I am not sure. It would be great if they were.
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TTs are not permitted in sanctioned U.S. Masters Swimming events. Apparently they are legal in triathlons.
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