Day 185 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Summer rain heaven and worries about carpal tunnel syndrome

On the day before the longest day of the year, the temperature hit a new summer low. After weeks of rainy weather, the temperature sank to 6 degrees centigrade (42.8 Fahrenheit). People tweeted jokes about snow coming and buying winter jackets. So when I got the chance, I grabbed my bathers and rushed to the… Continue reading Day 185 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Summer rain heaven and worries about carpal tunnel syndrome

Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Finally! After more than seven months doing laps indoors, it was time to swim outside. As much as I enjoy my 6am swims in the indoor pool – this was a treat. And one I hope to repeat soon. [Begin v/o with Morgan Freeman's voice] Imagine a balmy evening after a long, hot summers' day in… Continue reading Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Day 153 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swim Adventure: Slacking off and cultivating mental toughness

If you are anything like me, you will have days when you try and find an excuse for slacking off or leaving the pool/gym/track/bike early. It's cold, it's early, there is too much work on, too many appointments, too much travel, too little sleep. On and on. Stuff that! Part of this "Great Big Swim… Continue reading Day 153 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swim Adventure: Slacking off and cultivating mental toughness

Day 146 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: First Impressions of the Garmin Fenix3 (not just) as a swimmer’s watch

Lots happening on the Great Big Swim Adventure and I haven't had time to blog! First off, an overview of today's workout:    As you can see, I am finally able to post data from my Garmin Connect account again! Yay. No, not because I bought a new connection for my Garmin Swim watch. Instead, I… Continue reading Day 146 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: First Impressions of the Garmin Fenix3 (not just) as a swimmer’s watch

Day 136 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: A portrait of the swimmer as a middle aged dude

Imagine you are sitting at your desk, at a window. Outside, rain is softly falling from light grey skies, soaking the grass and the road and the trees and shrubs and roofs and cars and people. A cold, wet spring day. You are stuck at your desk, working on the chapter of a forthcoming book.… Continue reading Day 136 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: A portrait of the swimmer as a middle aged dude

Day 131 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Quick dip Friday!

The perfect way to end the working week: Have a quick dip Friday! It's been gnarly, but not in a good way ... very busy morning, back to back appointments from 8:30 am till lunch time and then knuckling down to do some actually very urgent work for the paper. Plus a business trip this… Continue reading Day 131 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Quick dip Friday!

Day 127 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure

Felt really grubby on Sunday night after not being in the pool for four days and had everything ready in the car to get going first thing today. That said, I almost did not get up at 5am this morning. Really had to force myself to a "heroic moment" of sorts just getting out of… Continue reading Day 127 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure

Day 120 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Training log and some crazy stuff

First up, a summary of the session this morning: Swam 4.725 (more like 4.9 - see below) kilometer all up. (That equals 190+ laps and 1318kCal) Warm up of 200m casual free in 5:29 (plus about 150 or so, since the watch did not start at first attempt) 100m butterfly in 1:50 (that hurt but got… Continue reading Day 120 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Training log and some crazy stuff

Day 114 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Getting wet after Easter and some shoddy metaphors

After four days out of the water over the Easter weekend, I finally got back in the pool today. Yay! Coming in out of the -2.5 degree centigrade weather (that is 27.5°F for all you Americans), snow still thick on the car after a 45 minute drive, there is no better feeling than jumping into a hot… Continue reading Day 114 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Getting wet after Easter and some shoddy metaphors

Day 106 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The B-Word and some involuntary dry-land work

How much butterfly do you swim as part of a daily swimming workout? I used to dread having to do fly, even when I swam competitively as a kid. I never felt comfortable with the stroke. All the more reason to tackle the discipline. As part of the Swimming Adventure, I have decided make a… Continue reading Day 106 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The B-Word and some involuntary dry-land work