Tuesday, June 16, 2009

There’s something in the water...

Oh wait, it me! Over the last month, it has been all swimming all the time for me. It started out as daily quick trips to the pool, then it evolved into long OWS and now it’s me guiding a group swim!

On Tuesday, SWTrigal and her husband “H” came through Las Vegas (on their way back from being jet setting tri-athletes); they hooked up with me and JohnnyTri for a quick dip in Lake Mead. The quick dip quickly moved into a full bore swim workout and we covered 1.5 mile swim with me guiding the adventure. Now I use 'guiding' as a loose term here. Both SWTriGal and her hubby are natural born fishes in the water so they’d take off and swim to the buoy and then patiently wait for my slow butt to arrive and point out the next destination on our scenic tour.

All in all it was a great workout and I had a fantastic time.

On Sunday, LV Swim group had a meet up at the Lake. This time it was no doubt about it, this was a workout from the start. We gathered the group and mosey down to the water’s edge and I look around and notice that I am the only one not in a wetsuit. Everyone is fully donned in latex and neoprene, except little old me and Kara (but she wasn't there so she doesn't count). Crap! I can already tell you who the slow person is gonna be!

Kara the normal leader of the group is doing leadership things and swimming with a couple new swimmers and as we start out, everyone is looking to me for guidance on where to go and how long. I somehow manage to mumble a few intelligent words that sound vaguely like a half way decent plan that includes a way to keep the slow swimmers (me) and the fast swimmer (everyone else) together. Again, it is me leading from the back as all the fish (everyone but me) zoom to the buoys and then patiently wait for the slower swimmers (me). Which happens to work out great for them, they are all rested and ready to go and I am still coughing up seaweed.

We finish with 1.8 miles that day, but it felt great. It felt fast (for me) and it felt like we all had a good time.

I have now done the OWS swim so many times that it old routine. I know I can swim the distance, now the only question is can I swim it fast? Or at least fast enough to get under the cutoff!

16 comments:

SWTrigal said...

You are the best swimming guide! And put a wetsuit on you and you will fly at IMCDA!! I think you will surprise yourself..

Stef said...

Yeah I doubt that meeting the cut off is any kind of issue for you.

How far you come under it? Well, naturally you want to come in as far under as possible.

;-)

Borsch said...

You are totally going to beat the cut off.

How do you know how far you go in the open water? Do you bring ms. garmin along?

WADDLER26.2 said...

You will do great-I have no doubt.

CoachLiz said...

Hey, congratulations on the new baby and super good luck this weekend at IM CdA. Johnny Tri keeps me up to date on your training and I know that you have put in the miles. Remember, your goal is just to finish and finish without injury or illness.

Oh, and if you can come in under JT's time, you will have some awesome bragging rights. :)

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Good Luck this weekend!

Dave said...

Hey! Sorry we haven't gotten to meet up out here..didn't know how to get a hold of you. Just wanted to say I hope you have a great day tomorrow. I'll keep an eye out and try to say hi during the race. I'm planning to be in a "Run Dave Run" shirt for the marathon.

Calyx Meredith said...

You've got less than 22 miles to go on the bike and your numbers look GREAT!!! I hope Kelly and Kian are doing well out there too. I have been cheering for you all day. Sending you a big energy boost just in case you're getting low. :D Go Izaac go!

Borsch said...

Hey bud! Keep going! I was hoping to see another run split by now. I hope you are doing ok!!!!!!!!

CoachLiz said...

Congratulations on your finish! Between Ironmanlive.com and John giving me updates from Kelly I was doing my best to keep track of you.

Wasn't it great for Mike Rielly to call your name out as you crossed the finish line? You did it! Enjoy the next few weeks being a new dad rather than an athlete.

Who cares if it took you 15:49:50 to finish. You are still an Ironman and you will be an inspiration to others who are setting their goals on becoming one as well. Way to go Form!!!

Stef said...

JT and I were texting like mad -- like last year when you and I were texting about HIM!

Congratulations Izaac I'm so happy for you and proud of you I heard it was rough out there. I cried like a little girl when you crossed.

Borsch said...

Congrats buddy! Solid Solid day!

You are an Ironman! Savor it! Drink beer!

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on your IM finish, Izaac!!! Looks like you aced the swim and then went on to nail the rest of the race. Awesome job!

Ryan said...

So Mr. Ironman... did you sign up for next year???

Well done!!!!

Dave said...

Congrats man! It was great to meet you out there on the course for our "Kodak moment". (For Izaac's other readers, we ran into each other and shook hands right in front of the girls at the "inspiration station", who were all "AWWWWWW!" over the microphone, hehe)

That was some rough water out there, but it looks like you did great on the swim. So much for any worries about making the cutoff!

Calyx Meredith said...

I don't know what happened to my last comment from Sunday! Here it is again - CONGRATULATIONS IRONMAN! What a great time you posted especially for that swim which sounded rough. Yay!!! Can't wait to hear all about it.