The off/pre-season has unintentionally turned into “I’m going to stop using social media”-season, as well. I’ve been horrible at updating this blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., which leads me to this post. Seven weeks ago I dived into my second swim camp session (see what I did there with dive and swimming?). This has meant 6-7 swims per week, at least one double-swim day per week and ~20,000 yards per week. Throughout this period, there have been many things that I’ve experienced or that have occurred to me. Some made it to social media, but many did not. So I thought I would recount as many of those things as I can remember in one post. Following are my recollections of #swimcamp…

Two swims, two pools in one day (first double day)

Between winter weather and 6-7 swims per week, I’m going to need to buy stock in a lotion company.

Major breakthrough! Just swam 200 yards in 2:35! Major improvement thanks to #swimcamp

Need to unwind myself after swimming 2,500 yards straight…it would be nice to have a 50-yard pool.

So…my hair froze between the pool and my car.

I’m actually keeping up with the junior high swim team!!!

1/15/15 – Feel like I’m back at square one. 3 long travel days + 3 sicks days = feeling like I haven’t swam in a month.

1/17/15 – Longest swim to date…7,500 as 100×75. Getting ready for 100×100 in Tucson in March!

Swim camp numbers:

– 131,700 yards swam in 39 sessions

– 43 hours 33 minutes spent in the pool

– Fastest interval: 2:35 100

– Longest swim: 7,500

– Longest straight swim: 3,000


Even though training volume for the last seven weeks has been pretty close to what I was doing throughout last season, I’m just now starting to feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things. Between winter and holidays, I’ve had a hard time truly understanding that work now is going to be essential to race performance in the coming months. I know that the work that has been put in is necessary for race improvements, but there hasn’t been much of a sense of urgency. Hopefully now, as there are only ~6 weeks until I head to Tucson for Team HPB Training Camp, I can turn that around.

I don’t have my season planned out yet, other than my primary goal is going to be qualifying for Kona at Ironman Wisconsin in September, and I am currently finalizing some sponsorship/ambassadorship arrangements. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting those specifics.

For all those slaving away in the pool, on the trainer or on the treadmill during these harsh, winter months, keep it up! “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~Aristotle