Hi all. I have read several threads/blogs on the Internet (marathon swimming forums, slowtwitch), related to Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. And will plow through the old ones here.
Just starting my own, in case anyone has kind-to-newbie advice.
I'm a smooth but slow freestyler. Never been on a swim team (at all). Signed up for the GCBS and "won" the lottery. I am qualified (barely). Requires a 40 minute open water 1500m swim. And I turned a 38+ minute lake swim as part of a triathlon last summer.
Want to build my distance speed so that I can complete the GCBS without getting yanked. I've read about "the current in the shipping channel" and "the pier of shame" for people who get pulled for not being fast enough.
Not that freaked out by the distance or the open water. I mean sure...they are absolutely non-trivial. But still, once you're in the soup, you just swim. I did several 5000m (continuous) pool swims over the holidays. Tolerated it OK although goggles start hurting after an hour. Definitely concerned about my pace though. FWIW, I seem to swim faster in open water than the pool. Despite sighting and all that. Or maybe it was the race. Hoping GCBS is easier for sighting...but presumably will be worse for waves and current.
Have a bum right shoulder (skiing dislocation, operation, dislocated again). Very surprised I can tolerate swimming, but so far so good. Been doing 2-5K since last summer. No sprints, just down and back.
P.s. Completely new to Masters (signed up today). Going to look into my local group. And maybe a rec center private coach (seems quite reasonable).
P.s.s. Also doing some running and biking (pretty light, knees bad too...but building up). In between jobs so lots of time, but will need to reduce volume if I get staffed.
P.s.s.s. I'm not using a wetsuit. Speedo city.