OWS

I just had to become friends with some triathletes….couldn’t just stay with the runners on the other side of the playground. See, when you become friends with triathletes they convince you to go cycling, go do laps in the pool and go out for open water swims. Yes, that is correct. Open water swims. Have you ever been at the beach and see a group of swimmers with bright swim caps and they are actually swimming out by the buoys. Yes, that was me last night. Decided to go out for my first open water swim (OWS) last night after I did about 4.5 miles of hill work in the morning and walked about 3 miles throughout the day. Wasn’t my brightest moment but ended up not going too bad.

Not us, just an example. 🙂

The first 200-300 meters were a little rough until my teammates from STAR (Springfield Triathletes and Area Racers) suggested I just try going in closer to the beach where I could touch and rest for a little bit. After that it seemed like I got a second wind and was on my way. (I did actually say I was just going to turn around at this point but got the competitiveness in me when they mentioned that I at least made it further than a lot of first timers, I wanted to do better than the typical first timer) I did struggle occasionally with my spotting (or direction) because my goggles kept fogging. It’s a little hard to know where you are going when you can’t see anything in the water so you have to use landmarks to help keep you going in the right direction. I guess I did zig zag a little but ended up getting in almost 1000 meters.

I think overall my first OWS went pretty well with guidance and little humor from my teammates. Think almost half the time was spent talking even when we were in the water. Definitely plan on going every available Wednesday night to our STAR OWS. Have my first sprint triathlon to train for in August. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “OWS

  1. Buy a good pair of “triathlon specific” goggles. I just started wearing some made by Speedo that were a bit more expensive than i usually like to spend but they have made a world of difference. They are wrap arounds so my field of vision is drastically improved and since then spotting hasn’t been an issue.

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog. I was diagnosed a few months ago with MS and am a runner too, so it’s encouraging to see that you are still running marathons, as that is my favorite distance and I hope to run many more in my future. What’s also funny is that I just did my first open water swim last weekend! I’m going to “try” an Olympic tri this summer.

    I recently started a blog to document my MS journey as well. Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

    • Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you! Sounds like you are handling it well if you were just recently diagnosed. I looked at your blog for just a few minutes but looks like you are starting off great. Have you been running for a while?

      • Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve been running off and on for years (more “off” than “on” due to injuries, kids, life, etc.), but right now I’ve been running consistently for about a year and I’m in love with it. Then my diagnosis came, and I’m just praying that I can keep the running (and now triathlon-ing up).

  3. Hi, I found your blog when I googled “MS triathalon.” I have MS and I’m working really hard on staying fit. I have a personal trainer, do yoga, spin class, circuit training, etc… My biggest problem is that I get symptoms whenever my core temperature goes up. I have the strength and caridovascular capicity to do a lot, but the body temperare issues holds me back. I dress as lightly as possible and have a ice-pack thing that I wrap around my neck. I would love to participate in 5ks, but I really fearful about my body temperature rising. How do you do it? Or does heat not exacerbate your symptoms?

    • It’s really hit or miss when heat affects me. Sometimes it really makes me feel tired or even lightheaded but sometimes it just seems to have the same affect on me as it does on everyone else. Last year I did get a minor case of heat exhaustion after running 10 miles so I make sure I get up really early to run when it’s hot outside. I just try to avoid the heat as much as possible just in case. Wish I had some better advise for you since it seems like most of the stuff you do is inside! Sounds like you might be on the right track with the neck wrap and drink a lot of fluids, that helps me a lot.

      • Thanks so much for your reply. I guess my heat sensitivity is higher than yours. I will get symptoms even from taking a hot shower or just standing around in a hot, crowded room. The symptoms I get when overheated are not just feeling tired, but losing vision in my right eye, getting really clumsy, and sometimes really extreme mental confusion (not remembering how to check out at the grocery store, not recognizing my own car…). I’m going to keep my activities indoors for now — except for outdoor pools and jumping in the lake.

    • I second what she said. I have to make sure that i do as many runs as possible early before the sun comes up. unfortunately you can’t really do that when part of an organized race so i wear an ice pack vest during any distance further than 5k during the summer and it seems to help.I think the one i wear is called “Arctic/Heat”

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