We’ve got several items of business to attend to before we begin today, or skip right down to the bottom for today’s ultra enlightening post.
Biking: Get the Basics
This is the third webinar in our Score This!!!! Learn This series presented to you by QT2 Systems! During this half hour we will talk bikes, what type, where to buy, what to buy, how much to spend and some basics to help prepare you to hit the roads rolling!
Thursday March 1st at 8pm…… FREE!!!!!!! Click here to register, and remember space is limited!
Core Diet Orientation
For a long time I have been a follower and a believer of the Core Diet. This is not really a diet, it’s a healthy way of eating. It’s not Atkins, it’s not lose 10 pounds in 10 days, it’s not a pills and bars way of eating. It’s building your health from the bottom up. Many believe we at the Core Diet never get to have sweets…. of course we do. That’s part of our big secret. Stop guessing what it’s about and find out during this FREE webinar. You will learn everything you need to know about The Core Diet and even have the opportunity to ask questions.
So many health issues can be prevented simply by good nutrition. Why wouldn’t you want to know more?
March 6th at 7:00pm. Free. Click here to register.
I am extremely lucky to live in an area where there are fabulous bike shops. I have had the ability to put my name behind some excellent ones and I am really honored to be putting my name behind the gang at Bike Loft over in Syracuse. I met Jeremy Clay back in June of 2011 and I was unbelievably impressed with his professionalism, his knowledge and his passion for what all of us do. Now I get to help promote his awesome shop and what they have going on over there. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to do that! My new Kestrel will be from there and once it arrives I will bring you through the bike fitting process. It was a no brainer to jump in when offered and be able to support one of our biggest QT2 sponsors… Kestrel! Bike Loft and Kestrel are such a positive team to be a part of and I can’t thank Jeremy enough!!!!!!
Congrats to the Wizard!
In case you haven’t heard, QT2′s head couch and founder Jesse Kropelnicki earned his USAT Level III coaching certification, allowing him to join the elite ranks of about 20 coaches nationwide to attain this level. I thank my lucky stars for the ability to be coached by, mentored in coaching and to have been invited by him to join one hell of a coaching team at Qt2. I don’t think words can express how much I LOVE what I am doing. Congrats to Jesse!!!!!
Yoga at Breathe
As I eluded to last week I have been cutting a few things from my schedule, and my Tuesday night Downtown class had to be one of those casualties. It’s so hard for me to say no. But I still am teaching at Breathe’s Pittsford location Monday nights at 7:15pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30am. What? You aren’t flexible? Good. I am your teacher then.
Whew. This week we also begin our second four-week session of Teens Living With Cancer……. so we will have an update on Thursday!
Big thanks over to our pals at TriDigest for making us their featured blog this week! Which reminds me that I am behind on my publication writing!!!!!
And now…… back to our regularly scheduled blog.
There are 31 days left until I swim under the stars. Unless you live under a rock in my world you might have a slight clue that I swim outside from April 1st through November 30th. Outside in western New York? Yes. Yes it’s true. I swim at the esteemed MidTown Athletic Club. The pool is eighty degrees, the lifeguards are the best and there is even a fireplace. In fact while I am swimming the lifeguards will put my swim parka in front of the fire.
31 days to go.
In the winter I spend four months in swimming purgatory. The YMCA. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the YMCA for everything that the YMCA is. It’s the perfect place to train. However there are pool characters in every pool that I find to be incredibly entertaining. They actually make my four months indoors more tolerable. I am very sure that when they see me return to the pool for these four months their eyes roll. Why?
Lane balance. I upset the lane balance.
Everyone has their lane in the pool and they get territorial. Once a woman stopped me while swimming and told me I was in her lane. I smiled at her and asked her if she paid a special rate to swim in this particular lane. Confused she shook her head, in fact she didn’t pay a membership at all as she was an employee. Now anyone in the world knows if you are an employee where you train…. you have last priority when it comes to anything. At Breathe if a class is sold out teachers are the first to get kicked out. That’s not only courtesy, it’s good customer service. So I reminded this lady that I essentially paid her salary so swimming in the next lane over would probably be a good option.
No problems ever again.
Then there is angry dude. This man walks onto the deck at 5:15am pissed off from the get go. He never says good morning or hello. Ever. The only thing he ever says to me is “Watch those paddles.” To which I will reply…. have I ever hit you? He never answers. The answer is no. I have never hit anyone in our pool in fact.
They treat me like a criminal when I whip our my paddles and I kind of like it. They act like I wear a lethal weapon. Well, I am related to Chuck Norris so I could see how that could happen.
The truth of the matter when swimming with me is this: as a swimmer my awareness in the pool is the best. I know where you are when I flip turn, I know what stroke you are doing. I know when we will pass and I time my stroke accordingly. Not only have I never hit anyone with my paddles, I am your dream lane mate.
Because I am not chatty. Because I stay on my side. Because we will never hit hands. Because if you are nice and my paddles make you that nervous…… just politely ask me to not wear them…. and I will take them off. Verbally assault me like angry dude does and I will wear them for 4K.
If I see you standing on the deck I will invite you to circle swim. Sure it’s great to split a lane but unless you pay a higher membership rate then the poor chap waiting on the deck….. suck it up and learn some technique. Get in with us… I will say. My lanemate will hate me but it’s swimming. Come on.
Growing up swimming etiquette was drilled into our heads. My Coaches were instant that we would be good swimming citizens. We were taught how to circle swim with faster and slower swimmers. We were taught that it is really the faster swimmer’s responsibility to go around you, not yours to stop and let them pass. We were taught to circle swim on the right and on the left. We were taught to split the lane with two and three people. Yes…. three. We were taught how to swim in a crowded pool with paddles the size of garbage can lids and never hit anyone.
If you do hit someone, just move on. It happens. People have wide recoveries, people swim like Grover runs. It’s life. You can spend your hour in the pool pissed off, or you can spend your hour making it work for you. Make a challenge out of it….. can I pass this guy here? If the guy with the wide recovery is coming towards you and is hogging the lane…. what if you dolphin dove under like you were rounding a buoy?
I was practically born in the pool and while I am a far cry from the swimmer I once was (I am also a far cry from the 10K per day we used to swim) I can still hold my own while swimming much less than others. I swim because I love it. I swim because I love the sensation of the water as I push-off the wall for the first time. I love how the world goes from noisy to quiet when I take that first stroke.
I love to stare at the black line.
I love to race the clock. The old-fashioned clock. Not the digital.
But soon, my days at the YMCA will come to a close for 8 months. The pool characters will miss me, I am oh so sure of it. I am sure they will survive.
For eight months I will breathe fresh air every time I take a stroke. I will cherish every darn yard I do. Because I will be swimming OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!!