Welcome to Episode #27 of Mile High Tri Podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares. The Mile High Tri Podcast connects you WEEKLY with coaches, experts and resources that empower you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals.
Today's interview is going to be a little different than usual. I'm going to take you back to episode #24 for a minute and the interview with Will Murray, mental skills coach from D3 Multisport and author of the 4 Pillars of Triathlon. A couple of weeks after that interview, Will and I reconnected and he mentioned he had heard a couple of episodes where I've referred to a swim panic attack I had early in my triathlon career and that I still "carry that experience with me". Will offered to help me with a technique to help me not feel fear associated to that memory. We arranged a time for a Skype Video call a few weeks ago and we agreed to record the call.
Last weekend I went out to Grant Ranch for my first open water swim of the season. I needed to get some experience in the open water before my first race coming up this weekend in Boulder. I went out to Grant Ranch (west side of town)looking for my friends in the TriAnimals and had mistakenly thought they were participating in the OWS clinic being taught by Melissa Mantak from Swim Labs. After a short orientation and instruction session, we suited up and jumped in the water. Melissa described the training objectives and drill sequence that we would progress through. Our first step was to swim the 300 or so meters to the first buoy - the moment of truth. Of course, I'm competitive so I'm trying to get on the feet of the guy in front of me. Then it hits me - this is your first OWS of the season, you better take it easy Rich. In a second, your going to get winded and your going to start freaking out. I started to do what helps me which is to count arm strokes. Then it occcurred to me that I was not anxious in the least. In fact, my reflex was to swim harder and see what happened…nothing, harder….nothing. Long story short, I had an awesome clinic and OWS experience last Sunday and I'm super excited to race on Sunday. So excited, in fact that I want to make sure you get a chance to hear the call that Bill and I had and then my reaction when I came back from the swim last weekend.
When we cut to the call, Bill starts of by describing what we are going to try and accomplish and the process that I'm to follow. During the original call there were some long silent periods that I have edited out. I put a little tone in the pauses so you can know where those longer pauses exist.
For any of you have issues where your enjoyment of open water swimming or racing in OW is somehow limited because of fear, folks you need to listen to this episode. I mean, let's see how this race goes this weekend, but I am definitely encouraged. Okay, speaking of races - let's talk about what's coming up.
This is shaping up to be an awesome triathlon weekend here in the Mile High city of Denver. Hopefully you had a chance to hear last week's episode and the interview with Lance Panigutti. Of course Lance talked about this weekend's TriBella triathlon. This is a women's only triathlon at the Cherry Creek Reservoir in south Denver. I am actually planning to get to bed early tonight and get up early to help when the transition area opens at 6:30 tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I have several friends who are racing the Lake to Lake Triathlon in Loveland, CO. For those listeners outside the Mile High area, Loveland is about 65 miles north of Denver. The west side of Denver and Loveland are pretty close to the foothills and the views and course of the Lake to Lake Triathlon are awesome. Among that list of friends (as you would know if you listened to last week's episode), is Tom Beal. Also racing is Todd Stockford from episode #18, and Steve Maas. Good luck gentlemen!
About a 3 hour drive into the mountains is Steamboat Springs and the Try The Boat Triathlon with a Sprint, Olympic on Saturday (That's 3 races on Saturday) and Half Ironman distance race on Sunday. Another one of my good friends Aaron Monroe is racing the half ironman. I think Aaron is doing 4 half ironman races this year.
Continuing on Sunday we have the Boulder Sunrise organized by BBSC Endurance Sports. This sprint race, as the name implies, is located in Boulder and the transition area opens at 5:30 and my wave starts at 7:45am. As soon as I publish this episode Saturday night, I'm going straight to bed.
Also on Sunday are the South Suburban Youth and Adult Beginner Tryathlon. This is a pool swim and looks to be a great race for a triathlete to enjoy the pool swim format. I met the race director, Sarah Neilson, this past week during bike to work day. I stopped at one of the stations in the morning, which turned out to be sponsored by South Suburban. It sounds like Sarah has a couple of races, the TRYathlon at Goodsen Rec Center this Sunday, June 26th. They have another race
Finally we have Tri On The Plains https://triontheplains.org/ which is 2 hour and 30 minute drive to the northeast of Denver. This event has a duathlon and sprint distance.
One last race to talk about before we go into the call with Bill, let's talk about his recent race at Escape From Alcatraz. There is a great article that is at 303 Triathlon and the link is on the website. Go to http://303triathlon.com/Boulders-Will-Murray-Escape-from-Alcatraz-Recap to check it out.
With that, let's go to the call with Will Murray. Following that I transition straight into my reaction coming back from Grant Ranch this past weekend. And finally, I'll come back on at the end for a little wrap up.