more swim lessons

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pool neighbors I am very excited about a different swimming pool location that is a really neat hideaway.  The salt water pool is btwn a horse farm and a vineyard, just outside of Petaluma city limits. I teach a group of 2.5year olds, 3.5year olds and 5 year olds. I enjoy each session as it becomes so clear the various stages little ones go through in learning to swim and enjoy the water. This is a great place to enjoy the water, especially as the days get warmer and warmer.



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IMG_2632The building says, “Welcome Home.”

Truely.

It has been a long, long time since my last longish open water swim. A mother’s day swim for a mother of 2 to be re-introduced to mother ocean. A new relationship is beginning based upon getting older, becoming a parent and finding a new perspective of why I can’t ignore the desire to swim and swim out there.

11 miles with a 3.9 flood tide, I begin. The group consisted of 7 other locos natadores. We went for the middle of the Golden Gate bridge to catch the fast current.  The water depth is more than 300 ft. I felt a floating and sinking sensation, down, down, down into the deep. I would disappear quickly in the water where I could barely see my hand freestyle stroking. I felt the pull and my connection to the pull of the earth and the flow of the water, which could whisk me away in a blink of a thought. Instead of following my visualizations, I focused on my core strength, power in arms and seeing the sky and chop on the surface. Bring myself back up. A flash of my kids kept me higher. Their smiles, their constant needs and attention and negotiations.

And then I get into the space of peace. Ahhh. Who knew long distance swimming in 54 degree water was easier than their day to day life?

3.5hours later I make it to the Bay View Yacht Club. A hot tody was poured for me. I have entered a new relationship with endurance swimming and it is filled with a more gentle strength and power.

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Breathing Oceans

It is a nice way to pause for a moment and connect….

Greenpeace video

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=147



Diana Nyad completes 53 hours of swimming from Cuba to Florida

http://www.diananyad.com/blog

It is incredible to have followed her swim. She had 35 people on her crew and 5 boats. She had a jelly fish expert, divers that were in front of her to look for the dangerous box jellies and she followed an underwater white pole that was her lane rope to follow. At night, the white pole became a string of red lights.

She is 64 years old, werservered thru a lot, including throwing up, eating peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches, and shock blocks, swam thru 20mph gale force winds, wore a jellyfish mask thru one night, had a stroke rate of 50 and swam 1.5-2 miles an hour for 112 miles.

What keeps coming up for me, is to keep on it. Do what I commit myself to, all the way. Finish it, even through lull’s. Educate and prepare to the fullist and do it with intelligence and good work. Create a team. It takes a team. And then after that, put some heart into it. Some care, love, joy. Persevere.



Wed night swim, July 31

Windy, no clouds and a 1.5-1.75 mile swim. We headed into right side 1.5 ft waves swimming towards emeryville. Then, swimmers turned around and had an easier return trip back to docks, easily avoiding sailboats and windsurfers. Invigorating swim.
Ween and Sean paused to chill and float, next to my kayak.

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