Winter is finally making its presence known here in New England. Gone are the days of swimming at Walden Pond, then going for a ride in the surrounding suburbs of Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Weston, etc., maybe following that up with a run… Oh, wait, that “run” part never really happens. Well, maybe once in a while. So now that I’m in the pool and either at a spin class or on my trainer (HA! that’s a lie, my trainer isn’t even set up yet), I’m thinking back to happier, warmer, swimming times: most notably in Greece and the British Virgin Islands. And Maine.
Until a few years ago, I never knew swimming trips even existed. I had heard of organized multisport vacations and bike vacations, of course, and learn-to-swim instructional trips, but nothing for those of us who just want to SWIM. And then I stumbled across SwimTrek. Someone had written in to a swim magazine asking about sun protection because she was going on a SwimTrek. I HAD to know what she was talking about. A year or so later, I found myself in the British Virgin Islands. Here’s a link to the article I wrote about my experience for GoNomad.com.
Soon after that trip my husband became proficient at distance swimming (he was jealous after I got back from BVI and felt he was missing out on swimming across Walden!), and we did a SwimTrek to Greece. Incredible.
This past summer, we spent 4 days on a lake in Maine with SwimVacation, another excellent swim tour company. SwimVacation also offers a trip to BVI and just added Hawaii to their roster!
A nice thing about these trips is that they’re very welcoming. A base level of fitness is important to get the most out of the trip, but you don’t have to be a competitive swimmer – the swims are NOT races. It’s great if you can make the distances, but from what I’ve seen, there’s always a boat nearby for anybody who gets tired and needs, or just wants, a ride.
Ahh, maybe I can daydream winter away while I save up for my next swimming adventure – I’m thinking Croatia.
Read: still working my way through Singing Boy. I will either finish it or fling it soon.
Eat: I tried Frugal Feeding’s Vegetable Mash. It’s really good – even with my misreading of the recipe (!) – but I’m still not crazy about parsnips. FF’s pictures are amazing! Next up: carrot and coriander fritters.
To paraphrase my husband, everybody starts out their blogging adventure with all these great ideas about what to write, and then they end up saying what they had for breakfast.
Well I say, “why wait?” – I’m going to tell you about my new favorite breakfast NOW! Well, not so new: a friend of mine turned me onto this delicious, nutritious (?) Overnight, No-Cook, Refrigerator Oatmeal a couple months ago and I’ve been hooked every since. Although I’m not vegan, I’m not that crazy about milk, so I veganize the recipe by substituting soy yogurt for the greek yogurt , and I use soymilk instead of regular milk. AND since I recently made cranberry-applesauce, I’m using that in place of the jam for now. I don’t add fruit – it’s a mouthfeel thing, I think – but I’m sure that would be tasty. The basic recipe is extremely adaptable; I pretty much follow the Raspberry Vanilla one with some variations. Play w/the add-ins! Enjoy.
Swim: I made it through 3500 yds of masters practice last night. Got out a little early. I’m hoping my shoulder can tolerate shorter workouts more often, better than longer practices less often.
Bike: Wimp that I am, it’s getting too cold for me to ride outdoors, so I’m planning to go to at least a couple spin classes every week. If that fails, I guess I could get on my trainer…
Read: Singing Boy, by Dennis McFarland
Run: I actually ran yesterday! I might even do it again someday.
Well, it is the “off” season anyway, right? If you’re a triathlete, that is. I think of myself as more of a swimmer, so I guess I don’t really get an off season. Not that I want one. I realize that it’s important to have some down time to recover and get re-energized and re-focused, but I can’t imagine doing nothing! Well, that was quite a ramble to introduce my blog.
Welcome. My idea is to write/rant/rave about things related to swimming and biking, and chat about what I’m reading. Probably post a few recipes and/or drool over tasty treats. I’m new at this, so who knows what will happen.
And then there’s that thing called life that manages to interfere with best laid plans…
I recently found out I have a Type 1 SLAP lesion. It’s a fraying of the labrum in my left shoulder, and it’s interfering with my swimming, unfortunately. I have an appointment to talk to an Orthopedic MD on December 3rd, and I guess we’ll go from there. I’ll keep you posted.