On Friday I used my Garmin to measure my OWS course at Walden. I have a 204, which is water resistant not water proof. I tucked it in under my swim cap (check here how to do it if interested) , pressed start and did my 1 mile loop. I felt strong even though it was early, not too many people were swimming, and I had thoughts of some serial killer pulling my legs and drowning me (lol!).
I pressed stop at the end of the swim, checked the distance and it was .73. Grr! This means that all these past weeks I swam 1.5 instead of 2 miles. Grr again! I went back in and finished the mile, happy that I have a few more weeks to build my swim up to where I want it to be.
* I swam those .73 5 minutes faster than I have ever swum it. I believe that my Garmin made me a faster runner. Can my Garmin make me a faster OWS? Will see.
* I did a transition to bike (just 20 min ride) and did not have any issues with a high HR. I know it is different in a race situation, but still, it was nice. I think I am going to do these swim/bike transitions some more.
* I rocked my 20 miler on Saturday. It was one of my bests. I needed to do 20 easy, which typically is hard for me (I tend to race myself!). So I did not let me look at the time or pace until the 10 mile turn around. The weather was gorgeous up in NH. with cool temps, and no humidity. I had the ocean on my side the entire time. At turn around I ate a gel, bought some water, and was happy to see my pace. On the way back I decided to keep the pace comfortable but push it a bit the last few miles, not a lot, but push it. I felt great. It was one of those rare runs where everything seems perfect the way it is, and there is a sense of peace and contentment, and joy.