I’m just a few days out from the 12.6 mile Distance Swim Challenge. I’m swimming a scaled down version of my regularly scheduled workouts this week and then driving to LA Friday night so that I can be on the beach bright and early Saturday morning to swim the race. Right now I’m more concerned with all the logistics of the race as opposed to actually completing the distance. I guess that’s sort of a good thing. There’s no shuttles or support for the 12.6 point to point swimmers so we have to arrange all of our own kayak transport and whatnot… kind of a pain in the ass. I wish there was a little more support for us, but it is what it is. I think me and Beth have it figured out enough for right now.

Today’s swim was majorly low key. I tried to just focus on what I was doing with my stroke. If I have to swim for like 7 hours in a row I better be doing it right!

200 swim
200 kick
200 swim

8 x 100 alt 100 IM @ 1:45 and 100 free @ 1:30

8 x 75 kick @ 1:30

2000 yards total

Tomorrow I’ll be in Avila Beach for what is probably going to be our last Wednesday night swim of the year. I’m sad to see that swim go away, but at least I took full advantage of it while I could!

4 Responses to “Cruising Through the 12 Miler Homestretch”

  1. Sheila says:

    Good luck on the distance swim challenge. I also enjoyed reading about the 10-mile swim you did earlier this summer and your assist on the Catalina crossing. Nice blog.

  2. Rob D says:

    thanks Sheila I’m glad you like the blog! I’m already hearing we might have the current going one way and the wind going the other on Saturday making for some whitecap-tastic fun in the ocean so my 12 miler wrap up might be nice and exciting, we’ll see :)

  3. Jeremy says:

    Rob:
    Good luck on your swim.
    I’m planning on some distance OW swims next year and wanted to ask if you had any training plans you could share with me to het me to a 12.5 mile distance over a 6 month period.

  4. Rob D says:

    Jeremy – thanks!

    I went about this in a fairly unorthodox fashion. The amount of training I could get in during the week was limited but I tried to do any longer distance event I could find on the weekends. I used the races as part of my training and I’m probably somewhere around 15ish open water events for the year right now. I stepped up the distances I would swim through the summer during my weekends somewhat gradually… a 3 miler to some 4+ milers in June, up to 10k (6.2 miles) in July, a 10 miler in September and now the 12 miler in October. In between those I did plenty of 1, 2.4 and 3 mile swims.

    If you browse backwards through the blog you can kind of get an idea for what I was doing. Basically every time I get wet it ends up in the blog so all my events and workouts are here.