2.4 the hard way…

Today is a big mile-stone in my swim training, as I am going to be doing a 2.4 mile open water swim (the equivalent of an Ironman Triathlon swim) this evening in Peachtree Lake….

It looks like the Parkinson’s swim on July 6th will be about 6 miles rather than 5.5 after looking a little closer at the route on Lake Belle Taine. Some interesting facts about the swim:
-> 6 miles = almost 1/3 the distance of an English Channel Swim (19 miles)
-> 6 miles = 10,560 yards or 105 football fields end to end
-> 6 miles = 422.4 lengths of a normal 25 yard lap pool
-> 6 miles = approx 8,500 individual swim strokes
-> 6 Miles = 76,521 Schmidt Beer Cans stacked end to end

On a sad note, I still don’t quite look like Ryan Lochte in my speedo yet, but down to 184 lbs now, so slooooowly getting there …..


2 Miles

Did about a 2 mile open water swim down here in Peach Tree Lake last night with Chuck Sims who is training for Ironman Arizona this fall. Wore the wet-suit for the first time, totally different feel since it keep you very boyant… No water moccassin sightings which is always nice.

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer

“Just bring the thunder and quit complaining”
Eric Michael Elliott Young

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_motivational.html#CtbsKVfLgZz8Jqrm.99

Hitting the lake….

Going for an hour long swim in lovely Peachtree Lake tonight here in Georgia, it is actually a nasty muddy colored lake, you actually come out covered in brown film…but it tastes good. Down to 185 lbs now from all the swimming from a peak of 201 around Xmas time. Hope to be a ripped 175 by July 6th πŸ™‚ …

β€œDon’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

β€œWho are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect
-and I don’t live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure you hands are clean!”
― Bob Marley

Minnesota Patience

It’s April 14th, 2013 in South Minneapolis. A normal year would yield glimpses of green grass and hints of new life on the trees. The worn snow shovels would be exchanged for spindly rakes, and precipitation in the form of drops instead of flakes. Tulips peak through the earth like a child through his fingers afraid of what still lingers. Flip flops instead of snow boots, short sleeves in stead of sweaters…drinks that cool and refresh you, instead of those that take the chill away and warm your hands. With each day that winter fades, patience is challenged in anticipation for warm sunny days. Soon enough, laps in a reserved pool turn into a liberated swim on the open water. The deliverance of spring awakens the spirit and invigorates appreciation, I am ready.


April 14th, 2013 Lake Nokomis, South Minneapolis, MN

April 11th – Another Major League Day!

Was out of town for a couple of days so have not updated my blog…sorry to all of my followers (3, and I am two of them)…only a matter of time before this really catches fire…

Knocked out about 3K yards yesterday, going to hit 3K straight through tonight and 4K yards on Friday….swiming stroke still needs some major tuning, but the endurance is coming along.

Here are two motivation movies -these two are guaranteed to give you chills:
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7vtWB4owdE

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ2HcRl4wSk

And a couple of quotes for today:

You get what you settle for.
-Thelma and Louise

Every man dies but not every man really lives.

No swimming today…

But I am knocking out a 6 mile run, and a class here at the Delta Club called High Intensity Interval Training…which really kicks your ass…

Quotes of the day:
β€œYou may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou

β€œFat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
 Dean Wormer

Swimming is fun!

That is what I keep telling myself anyway…some days I just don’t feel like going again to the pool, and having to see myself in a Speedo is a real downer, not a real good look for me…but after the last three months of solid swimming I have dropped 20 lbs of fat…

About to head to the pool over lunch today:

3×1000 yards – nice and easy, focusing on lengthing my stroke, and lowering my stroke count per lap.

“It may be raining, but there’s a rainbow above you.” The Eagles

Been listening alot to them lately.

Have a major league day! EY