I’ve had a lot of questions about how I’m going to train for both Boston and the Chesapeake Bay Swim at the same time. Well, here’s the deal–I’m not quite sure!
But I’m also not sweating it. Look, for me, running will always come first. It’s my love, my passion. Swimming? A distant second.
That doesn’t mean I don’t want to get across that Bay. And it doesn’t mean I won’t. But I’m NOT going to worry about how long it takes me to get across.
So for now the plan is to focus on marathon training, with a healthy dose of swimming thrown in. I’m trying to swim three times/week, with one of those swims at about 3,000 to 3,500 yds, potentially more if I start a master’s practice soon. Once I’ve passed Patriot’s Day, I’ll have about eight more weeks until the swim. That will be “cram for test” time.
At that stage in the game I will cut back on my running a bit and start adding in a fourth day of swimming. I’ll also build one day a week of swimming up to the 6,000- to 7,000-yd. range. (yikes)
Swimming is one area where I can check my competitive self at the door. It’s like yoga to me–it enhances my running and my life, but I don’t have to be the best in the biz at it to be happy.
And so–that’s my
pathetic excuse for a plan! What do you think?
If you haven’t been by Jamoosh’s blog yet this week, do so. You’ll notice a conspicuous Baltimore Ravens logo on the right sidebar. Yep, he lost a bet with me and since his Texans went down, he’ll be proudly displaying the Ravens colors all week! Thank you, Jamoosh!