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Three days to BLS....and I almost have my house back!

Well, the house is painted and the shutters up. I might post a picture in the next few days but the cream with gray trim and deep teal doors and shutters look great. I almost have my house back to myself! and Boo and Mom of course... The gutter guys and screens/storm windows have to be put back in and then it is all mine except that J is coming for a couple of weeks....

On the schedule, trips to Costco, Lowes (hardware and flowers) and a nursery if necessary. I have a couple of beds and the front porch to put flowers in. J love red geraniums... The painters even painted my little flower boxes the deep teal.

In three days is the Boston Lighthouse swim (8 miles), my pilot seems pretty laid back which is good because I' m laid back about the swim. Finish and have fun are my goals...DFL (dead fat last) is not an issue with this swim, just having fun. I will remember to take my leg cramp medicine Friday and Saturday after the Tahoe fiasco... and tape my ankle like it was taped for Tahoe. That worked well until the cramps hit. I could swim through a lot of them until they went down the leg toward the Achilles tendon. When it pulled on the torn tendon it was time to be smart. The part that bugs me is that it was 100% avoidable, I know I tend to cramp if I don't take calcium and that it is leg cramps. I always can swim through them but with the taped ankle, not as much flexibility. It was harder but I wasn't going to take the risk of further injury. It has taken so long to 'half-arsed' heal.

Well the goal is to be smart this weekend in addition to finishing and having fun. Prepare and take care of myself. I'm kind of hoping for a little in the way of 'washing machine agitation cycle' because I swim better then than in a mill pond.


Leg Cramps...

I take a lot of Calcium! My body bleeds it but I also take a natural supplement with a little quinine called Hyland's Leg Cramps.

You can find it at Vitamin Shoppe or Whole Foods or on-line. I only take them on evening prior and the day of the swim. Calcium is an everyday supplement, more if I'm drinking coffee...

The amount of quinine in the Hyland's is very small but it works for me when I start having the cramps so sever that they turn your legs in and then out, etc...
Actually, my toes started to cramp a little during my long swim yesterday. I figured it was due to pushing off the wall 560 times (no kidding...25 yd. pool) or because it was 108 degrees yesterday in Phoenix. The water is never much below 82 to 86 degrees...yuck! I'm sure I didn't drink enough.

training for what might happen....

Sometimes training a little dry is not bad, things happen on swims. I have had my asthma medicine and food on someone else's boat (you can't do this one). I have had my medicine take a swim (now I take at least two sets in ziplock bags) But 108? I'm such a whiner, that I would be complaining under the water every 20 minutes.....
Toes cramping after that many flipturns? Sounds about right, think about how strong your core is, you don't have to do sit-ups at all.... ;-)

Re: training for what might happen....

You must have mistaken me for a "real" swimmer. Flipturns? I touch and go. Our master's group is predominantly triathletes and only 1 or 2 in our group do flipturns. Maybe I will learn how to do them after my big swim...a new goal to achieve.

Re: training for what might happen....

You are a real swimmer, you don't need walls to hang on ;-)
Flipturns are for social pool events....