One of the big races on my schedule for this summer was the 10 mile Kingdom Swim in Vermont. I’ve heard a ton of good stuff about it and a whole bunch of my friends are going to be there, but it’s looking less and less likely that I’m going to make it out there. As I mentioned on facebook the other day it costs approximately eleventy billion dollars to get from San Luis Obispo to Vermont, and well I don’t have it at the moment. I’ve got some taxes and other less than exciting things to pay instead, boo. Oh well, although something miraculous may happen between here and there I’m not holding my breath. Instead I’m eying a replacement swim a little closer to home. Down in Santa Barbara on the same weekend there’s a 6 mile swim that’s part of Semana Nautica. I’ve wanted to do this race before but haven’t been around to make it happen. Despite being a long swim it’s pretty cheap, and it’s only 90 miles from my house so I can just drive down that morning. I do need to find a paddler though… I’ll have to get on that shortly. I wonder if the Kingdom Swim gives refunds, and if they’re in weird denominations like pine cones and maple syrup? :p

Meanwhile… in the pool… I partook in what I would call a semi-taper swim. I swam the warm up and half the main set at combat speed, and then invoked the magical concept of taper to slow down, focus on my stroke, and well, not work so hard :)

200 swim
200 kick
200 swim

8 x 50 swim @ :55

10 x 100 @ 2:15 as fast as you can hold

2000 yards prescribed, 1800 swam

I swam the first 5 100′s pretty hard… I held most of them under 1:10 which is good for me in a workout environment. Towards the end there was definitely a lot of huffing and puffing going on at the wall. After 5 I put fins on and switched between kicking and drill swimming.

Tomorrow I have an ocean swim in Avila, and Thursday a swim in the pool and the lake, then it’s off to Salt Lake City! I’m getting stoked for the swim. I traded a few emails with Gords today about it. I can’t wait to see what the super salty float factor is like.

2 Responses to “As My Kingdom Slips Away…”

  1. Lynn Jolly says:

    There is a 10 mile swim in Deer Creek reservoir just outside of Park City, Utah on Aug. 13th. It’s pretty cheap to get from CA. to UT. I realize this might be when you are doing your Tahoe swim, but thought I’d mention the race.


  2. Rob D says:

    Lynn – I think I might be getting roped into a 12+ miler in California in Mid August on top of wanting to do Tahoe so this one might have to wait for next year, but thank you for the heads up! Even if I can’t get all these places right now I do keep a list of new swims I’d like to do in the near future :)