It's been a while again! Sorry for my silence....I think about blogging almost every day...but usually bed time sneaks up on me before I find a spare minute to accomplish the task.
I have been 100% wetsuit free since my last post! It's been really fun, I feel more at home in the water. It's kind of cool to think about how a lot of the open water greats swam with the simplicity of a normal swim suit, cap and goggles. With all the hi-tech gadgets, suits and wetsuits...its kind of refreshing to just swim in a suit. I haven't been feeling cold during my swims at all...which is GREAT...especially since the lakes I've been swimming in are a bit colder than Canyon Ferry.
I did a "test" swim on Saturday to try out a few new nutrition products (Generation Ucan and Accellerade), to have a post swim blood test to check my kidney function and to monitor temperature changes over a longer period of time without a wetsuit.
The test swim was an 8 hour practice. I felt pretty awesome the first 4 hours, but then one of the products disagreed with my tummy and I had a little tummy distress the last 4 hours. Some modifications will have to be made to the menu....but figuring this stuff out is half the fun.
My shoulders responded excellent during the swim--I feel completely ready to go in that regard. I was not even really sore Sunday at all--even felt good enough for a two hour horseback ride!
My post swim blood test came back good as well. I haven't had my doctor appointment yet but my doctor texted me that the results looked great. So yay for good functioning kidneys. :)
My niece Hannah has been staying with me the past week and will be here until Saturday. We have had a blast swimming all over the place (she is a swimmer too!) and the dogs sure love having her around.
Today I'm heading to Helena and then Fairmont Hot springs for a work conference. I will be in Helena on and off for the rest of the week and will get a few swims in Canyon Ferry if the weather agrees....so far there are only lightening predictions on one day this week.
Will post some pics of Canyon Ferry later this week!