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IT PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now I am thinking about how I voted for him with a pH probe up my nose. It seems appropriate at this moment.

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was pretty much my reaction with lots of happy jumping. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Oct. 31st, 2009

Happy Halloween!  Usually for Halloween I make my costumes, if I buy anything I buy one part and assemble/create the rest around it.  This year, I knew I would see a lot of students, but I also wanted a cute costume for my friend's party.  I wanted it to be something that was appropriate....me!  After thinking for awhile I came up with Alice in Wonderland.  Since this is my first year teaching, and it took me so long to come up with an idea, I couldn't make it this year...this is the second year I have bought a costume.  I bought one a year in college for the same time constraints.  I can use the petticoat in this costume next year as well as a skirt I got to make my dark fairy costume last year though....hmmmm....anyway...here is my costume when I tried it on...you can see my house some too, I'll post better pictures of it later.  

Back view of my Alice in Wonderland costume....

And the front! 

Spinning through the rabbit hole...

I LOVE the stripped card stockings that came with it.

Jumping through the looking glass.  This is an up close of my profile picture.

Um random but needed to add since I went on my livejournal hiatus.  THis is the picture I took from after the Chesapeakeman Ironman swim (I only did the 2.4 mile swim in it) ....placed 5th overall and 1st in my age group! They don't add up the fastest times but there were a lot of fast people entered in the swim-only this year....my time was the 7th fastest women's time overall in the entire event. (With 100s of people)

This is the street by my house, that my window out of my living room overlooks.  My glass door overlooks the river full on (you can kinda see in the costume pictures).  Sometimes the river overflows past the brick wall and onto the street.  After I took this picture a big heron sat on the wall...I couldn't zoom in to get him because I was taking this picture on my mac anyway.  

(Sorry for not cutting, I posted in rich text to get the pictures right and can't figure out how to cut in rich text?) 

Chesapeak tides

Here are the tides for the swim...the first tide helps you get under the bridge and it is best to ride it in, but then you have to either sprint across it when you feel it tug again or let it shake you while you are under the bridge. It took me by surprise last year, this year I will know to sprint when I feel it. Then go the right way at the end!


Song of the Open Road (water)

Song of the open road

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading

wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am


Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no

more, need nothing,

Done with indoor complaints, libraries,

querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road.

..that's why I am nuts about open water swimming.


more swimming..yay!

I had a great swim today, I did nearly 4 miles in bad conditions at Assateague. It started out nice and calm, no current, and by the time I turned around the current picked up halfway back and there were big, waist-high waves that were coming one after each other, not in sets like they were supposed to. It was really foggy today, so I was swimming in a little closer to the beach than I normally do, so I had more turbulance than normal but that was okay.
I've gotten comfortable with my new rhythm for open water. It is definately faster and I kept it up for the whole swim today, which is good. I can keep a steady, fast paced hand hit speed for a long time without feeling tired as long as I do not kick that much. Just two kicks per cycle instead of my normal 6. But my hand-hit speed is the same rhythm that I would do for a repeat set of 200s...I estimate that my 100 pace is around 1:16-1:17, when the other way it is 1:20-1:22. Holding near 1:15 is GREAT for a swim that long!! I settle into something around 1:20ish when I don't get into a fast rhythm. So I am real happy at this discovery I made. I'm glad I can keep my hand hit speed up without feeling tired. I also sprinted at the end for a 500 against the current (so maybe more than a 500..hehe) and I kicked then, since my legs had a break they were ready to go. I swam it like the Russian swimmer than won the 10K. Yeah...just like her. :-)
I'm soooo ready!!!!

9 year old guitar prodigy

amazing. (and so cute!)

One Week till first race of the season!

Just one week left till the first open water race of the season...yes summer is certainly around the corner!
I just got done with a very good open water workout. Friday was a good workout in the pool for open water swimming, but I did not design the workout so I do not have the rights to post it in an open entry on my live journal. It involved several 100s on a certain time with certain physiological stuff involved. Everyone knows that whatever level of swimmer you are, some certain type of repeated 100 set is beneficial to your training, so it was a great set for me. And long, and usually sets like that I let my mind take over and I didn't and did great so I am very very happy!!!
Anyway, my swim today was at the Assawoman Bay/St. Martin River outlet again. Going between the buoy and beach again (100 meter from buoy to beach). I did...
800 warmup (600 was at 9:00, 30 seconds faster than last week going fast!)
3x1200 at 20:00 descend (1-18:00 2-17:50 3-17:45)
1X400 kick alt kick side, back, front experiment with how each position and how side should feel
1x200 cool down

There were more fish here than last week, and I think I even got a jellyfish but it didn't get its stingers real bad yet..or something? So this might be my last swim there. After Nanticoke I will have to go out to the ocean!

open water swim today

The water was not even 60 degrees but I got my first open water workout of the year today! It was awesome. It was too cold for me after swimming in the heated pool all year to get a decent workout without my wetsuit for as long as I wanted to swim today, so I eased in by swimming with just my sleeveless one. So yeah I cheated. But not the whole time. Once I was warmed up I took it off and actually did swim, real style, in the freezing water.

My workout: I was swimming in the mouth of the bay/end of the river little beach by my house. There is a buoy placed exactly 100 meters from the beach, which makes it possible to figure out different distances, which is pretty neat to transition into longer swims while keeping quality and purpose to what I'm doing.

1600 meters warmup, maintain even stroke count and pace.

4x600 meters descend maintain stroke count while descending. 20 seconds rest between each. I did 9:50, 10:00, 9:30, and 9:30 again but without a wetsuit on the last one. Number two while not fast was very good for me in figuring out the "zone" I get into during open water and how to get out of it! So it was great!

600 warmdown (actually prety fast because it was without a wetsuit!) really to do more with cold tolerance than to warm muscles down. With my wetsuit off I could not really warm down that well.

4600 meters....3.05 miles.

I also do not remember having a workout that wonderful in a very, very long time. :)

open water!

It is the beginning of open water season. After a winter being cooped up in a pool, I AM READY!

Especially because this year I did not have much of a short course season. There were different priorities, and I want to do something well.

I also feel like I know how fast I can go. Am I really going to go faster? Does it really matter if I do? But how far can I go? Where can I go? What can I do for other people with swimming now? That is the purpose in my swimming now, I think.

So I am really ready for this open water season. Also when I think of any open water events I get all excited feeling like I usually do for meets. But this year it just hasn't been happening. So maybe meets just need a break.

It's a little expensive but I'm gonna need some tax deductions next year anyway!

First race: Sunday, May 3. Three Mile swim in a triangle in the Nanticoke River! Temperature: 62-63 degrees. I am trying to decide if I should do this without a wetsuit or not? I really do not want to. The three mile swim is the same day as a triathlon. Triathletes where wetsuits. Swimmers do not. But this is going to be cold. The coldest I have swam in recent was 67 degrees for 10,000 yards in December. I have swam in water this cold before and I was ok.

Tomorrow I am (hoepfully) doing an ocean swim. It may be too cold, the ocean did not get much warmer this week and is behind schedule! It is still not 50 yet, which is my cold limit.

Jen, marathonswimmer , when are you going to start updating about your training? I miss your entries!!