This has been my view practically every Saturday morning this summer as I attempt to swim a 1/2 mile in the ocean. This is not an easy thing for me but I go into the water anyway, not knowing how the rest of the swim will go, and optimistic that it will go well. Sometimes the waves are a lot bigger than the ones in this photo. Sometimes the water is a lot colder than it was here (65 degrees, F). Every time I walk out of that water though, I’ve learned something about myself and about the ocean. And I feel a bit more accomplished whether I finish the intended swim distance or not. And I always come to the same realization: I am fortunate to be here today. For that I am grateful. To show my gratitude, I return each weekend I can to practice this challenge so that I can do my best in this endeavor come race day (Sept. 18).
At this time the Nautica Malibu Classic Triathlon is less than 45 days away. Another component of this effort is that I am trying to raise funds by August 26 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and so that I can fully participate with my tri team in helping raise the largest amount to date by a single corporate entertainment team, to donate to CHLA on race day. If you want to support our efforts and make a tax-deductible donation (of any amount), please go to my fundraising page. My personal goal is to raise and contribute at least $300. Thank you in advance for your support– and I will personally thank you again afterward with a shout out here.
I am really looking forward to 3 things in the next month:
Seeing my friend, Clare Means, play this Thursday at Kulak’s Woodshed, in NoHo.
My first D23 Expo in Anaheim.
My first half marathon (Disneyland Half Marathon) over Labor Day weekend, also in Anaheim.
Feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you are really looking forward to most in the next month as well!
“The shoelace ties, they come undone
The step after stepping in
Puddles wide, just tie them back up
And then you can run again…”
— Patient Child, an original song of mine
WorldWide WordPress 5k
One month ago I ran my first 10k. One week ago I ran a 5k along with a lot of other WP bloggers. This photo was taken at the end of my run.
I attempted to take a photo of each street at each corner as I turned onto it. That didn’t work out well because I ran while trying to snap away with my phone camera. Most of the pictures are laughably out of focus or just not very interesting. Also, I zoned out a couple of times and didn’t even think about taking a street photo until I got pretty close to the next corner, or was otherwise too far to go back to the intended photo spot. Oops. I had some pretty high hopes of turning these photos into a coherent time-lapse slideshow. Seeing that I am not so good at multitasking while exercising, I’ll have to try that photo project another time.
I can normally cover this distance in about 30 minutes, give or take 3 minutes. I finished this in a leisurely 45 minutes, due to the photos I did manage to stop running to take. I had fun on my adventure. I took time to look around my neighborhood as I don’t normally go running at that time of day. It was interesting to see the route in that context for the first time.
This weekend included my first pool day this year, swimming laps for about an hour. It wasn’t as tiring as I’d expected. I thought I’d be exhausted and for days I anticipated swallowing a bunch of water as soon as I jumped in, ruining my breathing capacity for the rest of the workout. It wasn’t like that at all. I even got to try using swim fins, which made me fly through the water. My ankles were pretty sore over the next couple of days, because I wasn’t used to lighting the pool lane on fire in my wake. <– Oh, how I kid.
LA locals can take a free SCAQ swim clinic or two to get pointers from swim experts on how to best reduce time and energy expended while swimming any given distance. Did I mention they have swim fins? Check out some Yelp reviews and try it.
Confession time: Though I have been running/walking at least a couple days each week I’ve somehow fallen off the triathlon wagon. I haven’t been in the ocean or even a pool once this year and I’ve ridden my bike once (though that one time was a 50 miler). If you’re thinking, “Why would you swim now? It’s freezing cold and there’s still snow on the ground!” then you’re probably not anywhere near Southern California. In LA yesterday it was quite hot with high temperatures in the 90s. To change all this, over the next two weeks or so I’ll be doing a moderate distance bike ride, participating in the WordPress 5K, and taking on my first Masters SCAQ swim workshop.
The swim workout is the same day as the official 5k run, April 10, so I will likely do my 5k run between April 4-9… although I probably could run on April 10 too if I really wanted to. That is how we triathletes roll!