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6K Pool Swim

I did not want to stop swimming, and wanted to check whether I could double my usual these days distance. I did not care much about the style and speed, I just wanted to move forward in water, because nothing better waited for me outside on this emotionally excruciating day.

264 length (25 yards), 6 km total, in almost 3:07 (187 minutes). Six kilometers should constitute 4 swimmer's miles. First 200 I made in 2:20, first 5 km - in 2:35 (155 minutes).

Today in the pool I repeated yesterday, made 132 of 25 yards (3K or 3 km) in 1:29 (89 minutes vs 91 last time), then swam till 148 (3.7K). Started with most lengths in 36 seconds, in 50s went down to 38-39, by the end I was already over 40.

Yesterday I read more tips for better Breaststroke, and today I tried a few things:

3K in Swimming in Pool

Today I doubled my distance in the pool and made unplanned 3000 m (3K) - 132 short lengths of 25 yards in over 1,5 hours. It is relatively slow, but very enjoyable. For the comparison, Olympic 2012 men made the half of it in around 15 minutes in freestyle, so I am about 3 times slower than those guys. One pro-club-swimmer girl from Oregon in my age, 39, made 3000m in under 50 minutes in a lake, and I needed additional 40 minutes! For some reason these long distance times for females were difficult to find on the net.

Breaststroke, my predominant style of choice, is the slowest of the main four anyway, I can use it well because my legs are much stronger then my arms: "70-80% of the propulsion in breaststroke comes from the legs", or less, according to other sources.

The main goals for me are just:

Swimming in Outdoor Pool

This September I swam more in a pool then in the ocean! Having a month-ticket to a nice neighboring pool makes it easier, and there was too much seaweed along the coast this year after the first hot weeks of Fall. 

In the pool I used to make around 60 short lengths (25 yards) first, but then my friend pro-swimmer suggested I should do 66 (one mile, or 1650 yards, or 1.5 kilometres), and I switch to a swimmer's mile a day. I turn like I do in open waters, barely touching the walls and it takes me the whole 45 minutes of non-stop breaststroke to finish :) You may laugh about it, but for somebody whose main sport in youth was piano I am doing pretty nicely.

First Swim in a University Pool

This Summer I was swimming in the ocean as usual, and also in a bay a few times, but today I went to a University pool (UCSD) not far from here.

Wow, that was so great: I could concentrate on swimming itself, rhythm and pleasure of moving in the water, and there were no waves splashing in my face from all directions, no crazy surf like the other day on the Torrey Pines beach that you need to cross with some beating to get to deeper calmer waters, and no sharks,  - man, I learned yesterday that pretty much every time you enter the ocean there is a shark more or less 100 meters away from you, I woke up at night thinking about it, - and no people on your way (especially disturbing for me were the boaters lately).

It was an amazing time! I did close to 1 kilometer, 40 laps, in under half an hour. 

On this gray Sunday, April 14 2013, I like to celebrate my 20-year strict high fruit vegetarianism. I switched some time in the beginning of March 1993 (do not remember the exact date, my notebooks were destroyed), but by now, on  it must be well over 20 years.

Wetsuit, for swimming

I like to swim in open waters. In Europe I did it mostly in seas or lakes, and here in California I risk to go into the Ocean. 

My 10-years older cousin and his friend had thrown me into deeper waters in a warm see the Summer I just turned 5, I made it back and loved swimming ever since, especially the wild type: outdoors. I used to swim through my childhood and youth in Summers, during two-three months daily, mainly in two seas and two rivers. I was born next to one of the rivers, and lived closed to another.

On the Black Sea I used to swim straight into the depth of it, away from the shore, and challenged myself to get back after I already was tired. The feeling to be back is unforgetful. 

I swim for fun, medium or long distance. 

Today, I'd like to share with you my most favorite routes in San Diego area - they are beautiful, in this places it is relatively easy to get in deeper waters crossing the surf that can be just crushing you down sometimes, and there are not so many disturbances.

Dalai Lama

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.

Vitamin B1 Thiamine

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin, Thiamine) is one of 8 B vitamins, the first B vitamin discovered. All B vitamins help the body convert carbohydrates into glucose, which the body uses to produce energy, B-complex vitamins also help the body metabolize fats and protein. All B vitamins are water soluble.

All living organisms use thiamine, but it is synthesized only in bacteria, fungi, and plants. Animals must obtain it from their diet, therefore for humans it is an essential nutrient.  Your body needs it to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy.

B1 helps convert food into energy, needed for healthy skin, hair, muscles, and brain. 

Thiamine deficiency has a potentially fatal outcome if it remains untreated. In less-severe cases, nonspecific signs include malaise, weight loss, irritability and confusion.

Recommended daily amount: 1.1 - 1.2 mg (~ 50 g of flaxseeds, or sesame tahini, or 100 g pine or sunflower seeds, or corn flour).

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