Monday, June 10, 2013

June 3-9: I Swam Across the &^%$ Chesapeake Bay

Although Ironman Mont Tremblant is rapidly approaching, and we have way, way less than 100 days to go, I wasn’t running or biking much last week. Instead, I had a little bit of rest to prepare for the 4.4 Mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim on Sunday.

I didn’t meet the loose goal time I’d set, and will talk about the swim more later this week, but it was absolutely awesome to swim across a body of water like that.

It was so much fun that after I finished, I asked if I could swim back, but was told that I would have to drive. Rude.

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: 3100 meters of swimming, with a few fast 100s, at the YMCA in Goodyear, AZ, before a day of meetings and then a late-night trip home.

Wednesday: In the morning, 45 minutes of race-week targeted strength training – in other words, a few lunges and squats and some core work, followed by a ludicrous amount of foam rolling/trigger point work/stretching. In the evening, a 5.75 mile fartlek run with no watch, because the one I brought to the track didn’t work.

I probably didn’t want to know my pace anyway.

Thursday: A 1:15 bike trainer workout, with two longer zone 3 intervals, in the morning. Then 2400 meters of swimming in my building’s outdoor pool in the rain. The lifeguards couldn’t  believe I was actually swimming, but, hey, I was going to get wet anyway, right?

Friday: An easy 5.4 mile run in the morning (9:15/mile), through the rain brought on by Tropical Storm Andrea.

Saturday: A 25 mile bike ride up to Potomac in the morning, then chilling out before splashing around in the pool for 15 minutes to loosen up at night.

Sunday: Great Chesapeake Bay Swim! 4.4 miles of swimming (WITHOUT a wetsuit, in a field that was 85+% covered in neoprene) in 2:27:40.


  1. First I am just so impressed by the swim. I know I've said it 100 times before but seriously that is awesome. I've driven across that bridge a dozen times and dad always talks about it but hearing someone actually swimming through is just incredible. And I'll keep telling you that because we are blogging bffers for life.

    Also you didn't wear a wet suit. You simply impress me to no end.

  2. Okay, even that one picture scares the living crap out of me.

    Absolutely amazing swim, regardless of time goals. I'm sure that if you had chosen to wear a wetsuit, you would have smashed your goal, but you decided to do things the hard way and that's more than worth not quite meeting your projected time IMO.


  3. Victoria,
    you are awesome!! What a great notch in your swim belt. You rock!!

  4. This is absolutely, completely, totally, AMAZING.

  5. Wow - that is amazing! I can't wait to read the full recap. The photo is awesome and terrifying, by the way.

  6. Wow! What an accomplishment, even if you didn't meet your time goal!

  7. That is seriously amazing. Can't wait to read the recap.

  8. Love that picture :) and that is so totally awesome

  9. Heck yes! You rock...can't wait to hear more about the piss water race :)