Monday, March 18, 2013

Review of Escort - by Beth Barnes

A while back I bought Beth's ebook: "Escort", and I finished it yesterday.  It was a good read, but my favorite part were the couple chapters that talked exclusively about Catalina Channel.

I personally had experienced swimming with Salps, when I was pace swimming with Goody, and these things are marvelous!  But I didn't know they weren't stinger enabled.  I was worried I'd run into these things and get stung.  While I did get stung a couple times, it apparently wasn't by these little things.  Besides, the sting was about a 5 on the pain scale, and then quickly went away.

Anyway, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is planning to be a support paddler on a regular basis, and also for anyone who plans to swim Catalina Channel.

This morning when I got in the pool it felt nippy!  After a few minutes I took a temp reading on my watch and it read 77.6° F!  Nice!  I'd pay double membership for a pool that stayed at this temp on a regular basis!

Here's today's workout:

300 swim
400 - 8 x 40's kick/drill by 50
1600 - 2 x (4 x 100's free/IM on 1:30/1:40, 400 pull strong)
Got 4:30 on the pull sets.  Felt great!
600 - 8 x 75's (First 4 build, second 4 sprint/slow/sprint) on 1:20
200 - 4 x 50's swim upstream in the "river".  1- fly kick, 2 - IM, 3 - free, 4 - sprint free

Then did the above workout again, minus the river swim since at that point there were old people bobbing down it:

Total: 6,000 yards in 2:00

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