|Detroit to Dover - Experiences of an open water swimmer
The last week of April's swimming totaled 37,850 meters. I started off with 9,000m on Sunday, April 24 (30 x 300), took Monday off, 6600m on Tuesday, 5250m on Wednesday, 7000m on Thursday (and massage!), 5000m on Friday and 5,000m on Saturday. This week's goal falls somewhere between 40,000 and 45,000m. Started off well with a long drive and my first long course swim of 2011 at Eastern Michigan University on Sunday, May 1 (12,200m), followed by dinner and watching the Red Wings in Ann Arbor at Pizza House. The age group divers were practicing on springboards and platforms while I was swimming. All of a sudden, a gigantic wave pushed the green and white lane marker into my body and I thought I had blacked out and was swimming crooked. Hello bubble machine! This allows divers to attempt new dives without risking major injury. By creating a sea of bubbles in the target zone, the bubble machine breaks the surface tension and softens their landing. This wave creating gadget livened up my 3.5 hour pool swim. Got in 7,500m today and mixed in a lot of kicking to give my arms a bit of a break. In nutrition news, my two tubs of 2kg energy mix for marathon swimming, Maxim, arrived from the UK yesterday (used Chain Reaction Cycles.com) so I'll have to try it out this week. It's carbohydrate powder (matodextrin) with vitamins to mix with water, juice, or warm drinks in open water. Look for my review next week.