The switch to long-course meters is rarely a smooth one. The slow times, the illusion that the opposite wall is actually moving away from you, and then there’s backstroke; it’s like your flop backwards will never end… until you see the flags and flip turn and do it all over again. I don’t despise long-course, I’m actually quite fond of it. It’s also probably the best way to work on stroke technique, since you have so much room to do so.

As I mentioned in my last post, I joined the masters program at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. The pool is further away from the previous one, but with the distance we get in each morning, I feel that I’ll be getting my money’s worth. As a result of the long-course set-up and distance swam thus far, I’ve developed some tightness in my upper back and neck. I made my weekly visit to SportsPlus and we addressed this tightness with myofascial release. Sometimes the release isn’t so bad. Other times, it’s damn near excruciating. However, having a tight neck is my own fault for not rotating as well as I should be. Therefore, I grin and bear it. After all, it’s helping me in the long-run. In fact, everything Dr. Kearns does is geared towards long-term athletic well-being.

So, for the first time in my athletic career, I have been kinesio taped! The tape is a bright blue, that compliments my skin tone quite nicely…

Anyways, I posted a rhetorical question on twitter (@ewegsche): Is kinesio tape fashionable? Well, since today is an off day and I have some grocery shopping to do – I grocery shop at least every other day – I figured I could test my hypothesis first-hand. If I’m not training, I’d rather not be in athletic wear, so how does kinesio tape get received when coupled with a polo and jeans? Or a cardigan? These are the answers I really want to know (I swear I’m not that bored).

Also, I might as well report about the Wednesday Nighter with the new P3. I wanted to break-away on the hill and I did just that. The group this Wednesday was smaller than normal and one of the top climbers is racing this weekend, so it may of been a tad easier for me to get away, but one way or the other, I got away. Unfortunately, I was caught with a mile or so to go to the finish, by two guys who are big motors on the bike. Overall, it was a great ride and I love that bike!