Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Swim Coaching and a Full Moon


Got my fanny out of the rack this morning at 3:45 AM!!!! Yeah... you read that right... 3:45 am... that's 15 minutes before 4 am for those of you that have problems with telling time. Why? Well... sometimes I get these ideas in my head that make a lot of sense at the time... then I RUN with it! Basically if the decisions been made it'll take an act of God to stear me away from it. This week I have a meeting in Seattle from Wed thru Friday... there won't be a lot of opportunity for me to get out on a bike. So I got up, went out and opened the garage door, and hoped on the trainer. I had Jetpack in my ears and listened to Drew's account of IM Canada as I did an hour and a half on the trainer while looking out at the full moon. Pretty cool actually... and I'm not a big fan of the trainer. Got off the bike, showered, and made it to the airport just in time to catch my flight. I'm now in Seattle... and as you can tell... I'm completely focused on the information being presented... (as I write my blog entry!) Geesh...
The REALLY cool thing that I wanted to tell you is that I finally got around to scheduling a master's swim lesson. One of my Eugene tri-friends, Scott, called up Gina Dohm and scheduled a private session last Sunday. Just a note on Gina; if you're in Eugene, and you want to get faster, more efficient, more comfortable, or just figure out exactly what you could improve.. Gina is your woman! She's been coaching for 11 years and has a background in Psychology with an emphasis in sports motivation. She's currently the Head Coach for Emerald Aquatics (Master's and Youth), and is the Head Coach for the Willamette High School Swim Team in addition to offerring private lessons/consults! All that AND she's a really freakin COOL chick! You can check out her website HERE!
She worked with me for about an hour and gave me a bunch of drills to help me refine my swim. One of my long-term goals is to complete a full-iron distance swim in 1 hour or under. Currently my 100m pace is about 7 seconds off that. The good news is that Gina thinks that I haven't done too much irreparable damage by teaching myself! She gave me a bunch of quality drills to do as well as a workout outline to play around with until I see her next... in about a month. Luckily she wrote a very detailed summary of our session and the drills to work on and sent it to me via email! I'm REALLY looking forward to improving my swim during the off season and reaping the benefits in the '08 season!
OK! Off to listen to more GREAT information! ("Wah wah WAH wah wah wah wahhhhh)
Breathe...

3 comments:

Al said...

You're a super fast swimmer if you are only 7 seconds off sub 1hr. At least I know I hope if you taught yourself which is what I've done so far as well but I'm getting some help from a super fast swimmer on Sunday. 4am is dedication!

Drew Holmes said...

nice, how about that podcast from Jet..pretty sweet eh? and i see from ginas site that they did a swim in Crater lake....that will be part of a mini tryI will be putting on next summer

blink140pnt6 said...

Geez, your part fish. I really need to look at geting a swim coach as well.