Friday, July 6, 2012

Swimming with the RATS

Yesterday our training plan called for cross-training, which for us during the week has been swimming. 

We normally swim on Wednesdays but since it was the holiday our gym was closed, and we ran in the race anyway.  Unfortunately the pool isn't open until 7pm on Thursdays and I really didn't feel like driving all the way back after work. 

I asked Mike if he felt like going to the Rochester Area Triathletes (RATS) SBR (swim, bike, run) workout instead.  We aren't members and weren't planning on working out with them until next year when we race in more triathlons, but you can go once to try out the workouts and see if you like it for a small fee that will later be deducted from your membership fee if you decide to join. 

We arrived around 6:15pm because the workout started at 6:30pm and we had to sign a waiver and pay the fee. 

Everyone was really nice!  Most people were doing the full SBR, but we only did the swim.  We weren't entirely sure how far the swim leg was, but someone said that it was .25 miles out and .25 miles back and he said we could do less if we wanted. 

After some brief explanations of the courses we headed down to the water.  It was so WARM!  It felt like bath water, how the people wearing wetsuits didn't overheat I'm not sure!

 I'm in the green cap in the middle and Mike is in the white cap
Photo courtesy of the RATS

After a quick, "go" we were off!  These are workouts and not races, but since we were just swimming I figured that Mike and I would be going pretty fast.  The red buoy seemed like it was really, really far away but I just kept sighting off of Mike and some other swimmers.  I also tried to not think about the fact that I was swimming in Lake Ontario, which yes has gotten better over the years, but the beaches are always closed in Rochester due to bacteria levels!  It was the first time Mike and I had swum in the Lake. (Unfortunately I checked and where we swam yesterday is closed TODAY because of unsafe bacteria levels, trying not to think about it).

When we reached the buoy, we were the third and fourth swimmers there.  We stopped briefly because the sun was in our eyes and we had to decide which way we wanted to go.  The four of us headed out in the same direction for the last half.

It was really hard to see and I just kept Mike in my sights!  I passed a guy right in front of me and before I knew it we were at the red buoy.  Mike was the second swimmer out of the water and I was the third, not bad for our first day!  The first swimmer told us that her watch said it took us 15:05 and later another swimmer told us that his watch said it was actually .6 miles (which is 1,056 yards). 

We hung out talking with the Durand workout coordinator while all of the other swimmers were coming out of the water and getting on their bikes.  He did ask when we were planning on coming back for the full SBR and we said hopefully sometime soon!

It was a great workout and I get to check another goal off of my list, training with other triathletes.  We are most likely going to become official RATS soon and train with them during the week. 

Do you have a local triathlon club where you live? 

15 comments:

  1. that sounds like a great way to get in open water swim practice. nice

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  2. Awesome! Training with the group is fun. Still catching up on all your other posts!

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  3. Oh man. I normally would have been there to finally meet you, but I swam in Cdga instead with a few friends. I love RATS, SBR and RBR events. I can't believe it took me 9 months to get the courage to attend a session. I loved everyone the moment we chatted! Soon lady, we will offically meet!

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  4. That sounds like a blast. I really need to start working on swimming. A tri would be awesome to compete it....but I'm just not there yet.

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  5. So cool! Y'all are becoming real triathletes :)

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  6. That's awesome that you have a local group to train with! I think there is something similar here, but I guess I'll wait to see if I decide to pursue more tris before I dive in. The bacteria is my main issue with open water swimming too- ugh. Definitely trying not to think about it!

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  7. Glad it wasn't "real" rats, whew!

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  8. Sounds like a greatbclub to Jin when you're ready! I imagine we have a tri club here....clueless about it though. ; )

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  9. Wish I wasn't so afraid of swimming anywhere but in the pool haha. I'm such a baby!

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  10. Oh Lordy. Sorry about the auto correct! Haha!

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  11. I know we have one, but not sure what it is... and they practice at Crystal Lake on maybe Tuesdays? See... you guys are great swimmers even in open water!!

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  12. Sounds like you had a great swim. I have swum in the Hudson River for the NYC Triathlon and it was...well, I just tried not to think about it during the race but kind of gross afterwards! I also surf in NYC so I guess I've gotten over the yucky water factor! It's great to be able to train with a tri club.

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  13. Sounds great! Makes me want to learn to swim...

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  14. You're quick!! Sounds like fun, though ;)

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  15. Great speedy swim! (but, yikes on the bacteria closing.)

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