Today, I started to wage a war against the water component of a triathlon. Last week’s 400m open water swim (OWS) at Jamesville Beach totally kicked my butt, and after taking time to lick my wounds, I’ve developed a game-plan and attempted to execute it. Counterattack, here I come!
Step 1: Buy a swimsuit. Here’s my thinking: If I can swim laps at the YMCA and build my stamina—ideally, I’d eventually like to be able to swim 600m comfortably—then I will be prepared for the OWS most triathlons boast.
I asked Emily, my swimmer friend and former housemate at HWS, which brands she recommends, and without hesitation, she told me to go for a Speedo or TYR. During my attempts to wiggle into the Speedos, I started to lose my spirits. I have a long torso, and none of the styles I tried on fit the right way. The top of the suit barely covered my boobs! And the body stretched tightly over the middle of my body; it didn’t feel “long enough.”
Dara Torres came to mind, and I couldn’t figure out how she could slip her 6’0” frame into one of these suits.
Fortunately, the TYR fit much better.
Thanks to Dick’s Sporting Goods, I won this round—success!
Step 2: Buy a wetsuit. After swimming laps and building stamina (see above), I should be prepared to perform relatively well during an official OWS. In the hope of facilitating this goal—and to look legit, obviously—I need to invest in a wetsuit. These skin-tight suits act as insulation and provide buoyancy, elevating the triathlete high enough in the water to enhance swim performance: The higher the triathlete rises in the water, the less water resistance they encounter when swimming, and the faster they will swim overall. And since the swim is hands-down my Achilles’ heel, I need all the help I can get.
Another day, another trip to my second home—Fleet Feet. This men’s Zoot was the first wetsuit I tried on. It fit really nicely—super snug, but not constricting—but I wasn’t completely sold on it because it’s sleeveless. There are positives and negatives to sleeveless and full-sleeved suits, and I would rather be too hot swimming than too cold. I also wanted to try on a comparable suit and compare the two.
The second suit was a disaster. It was a women’s full-sleeved suit (I don’t remember the brand), and it took me at least 20 minutes to wiggle it on even with bodyglide and help from Lauren, a sales associate. Not only did I sweat profusely—no, really, like Lauren went to get a paper towel for me—but it was also an unfruitful effort: since I have a long torso, this particular women’s cut didn’t work on my body. Rats. Wetsuit: 1, Carrie: 0. Luckily, Lauren said there would be two women’s full-sleeved Zoot suits in next week. For my fellow triathletes, what type of wetsuit (sleeveless or full-sleeve) do you have? Any brand(s) you recommend?
On a more positive note, today’s eats and workout:
Are you surprised? Two Kashi waffles with crunchy PB and banana slices.
Around 11 a.m., I went for an easy 5.26-mile out-and-back run. (Thanks, MapMyRun, for the precision!) I didn’t wear a watch, but I roughly calculated my pace, which turned out to be about 8:00/miles; talk about ideal for an easy run. When I got home, I did some upper-body work (standing bicep curls, lateral shoulder raises, standing military press, and bench press), stretched out, and did some ab exercises.
We had leftovers from last night’s Father’s Day dinner, so I repurposed those foods and threw together a salad.
Buried underneath the spinach, there was chicken, one salt potato, about one quarter cup of roasted veggies, and some raisins to add a little sweetness.
I also had an apple with PB.
Before dinner, I ate a Chobani raspberry yogurt plus a few handfuls of grapes.
Is there such a thing as too much grilling?
Didn’t think so. Teriyaki salmon, polenta, and roasted mushrooms and green beans.