Nothing like an open water swim

By Skip

It was my day off but I could not pass up the opportunity to get in the open water and take advantage of an outing by the Try-A-Tri group!  Last time I did this we had very rough seas.  Today, well, smooth as glass.  Four of us showed up for this workout and we headed out for a quick 10 minute warm-up run on the beach.

There really is no substitute for beach running.  It works ALL parts of your legs and you feel muscles that you don’t normally feel when you run on a hard surface.  You also have the opportunity to examine your footprints to see what part of your foot strikes and how you push off.  Quite a bit can be learned and accomplished from beach running…. really something I need to do more often.

Following the quick run (slow but short, I should say) we headed out into the water.  We did a 1/2 mile swim parralel to the beach and a 1/2 mile back.  It was a good solid workout for me.  This was a really good indication and workout for my race on Sunday which is close to the half mile mark.  It will be about double the distance of my last race.  I just have to remember to relax and pace myself.

After that we did some sprint drills and ended up doing an out-and-back to the buoy for an easy cool down.  All in all it was a great day out and I look forward to the next one.  These are probably some of the most valuable, practical, hands-on workouts that I do.  It also makes me realize how much more motivated I am and how much more I can push myself if there are others to train with.  All somebody has to say is “how about one more mile.”  Okay!  Let’s do it!

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Filed in: Running, Sprint Training, Swimming, Triathlon • Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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