Thursday, September 7. 2006
We all went our seperate ways after two weeks of being together in Italy for Open Water World Championships. It was an amazing journey and we all learned alot from each other. I learned more about open water and how big it has become since the announcement of the 10K being added as an Olympic event. It was sad to leave the group as we had become so close but I know that everyone has really good things to look forward to in the future with their swimming and this will help them on their way.
In an answer to a question, during different swims there is a different level of communication with the coaches. During the 5K there is basically no communication as the swimmers do not stop to feed at the feeding stations. There is a little more during the 10K as the feeding stations are used and a coach is able to rely a short message to the swimmer if they so desire but the stop is not long. In the 25K, there is a large amount of talking as you feed about once every 1.7K or so and a coach is there to talk to you about what you need at the next feed and making sure everything is going as planned in the water. It truly depends on the length of the race but most things do in the open water races.
Thanks to everyone for their support during our trip....hopefully there will be much more to come in Open water swimming for team USA!
Friday, September 1. 2006
Thursday at Open Water World Championships proved to be a good day for TEAM USA in the water and out. Chip Peterson started us out with a 6th place finish and some great advice for Erica and I as we started our 10K one hour later. We finished with a 10th and 16th place finish respectively. We had to overcome a few obstacles in sicknesses on the team but everyone really stuck together and proved how well we work as a team.
My sickness was kind of bad...I was not able to get my gel packs open and tossed them during the race because I was in the lead pack and didn't want to lose that spot...so I only got one sip of gatorade and a couple gallons of swallowed salt water...I got pretty delerious towards the end of the race. I was somehow able to finish and find my way to the team doctors before passing out and going in and out of consciousness until they put me on a stretcher and gave me fluids. I slowly made my way back to understanding...my dad is a doctor so along with the team doc I was in good hands.
TEAM USA showed a lot of heart in what was a really rough day of racing. The race course was very rough with lots of waves and a lot of tough competitors in the race...everyone looking to get up front and use any means to get there.
We definitly made use of our ability to be flexible as none of the races started on time and rules were being changed as the day went along. The rule changing was all about the start. Not everyone had the rope during the men's race so they decided everyone didn't need to be on the rope but near it for the women's. Also, the boats on the course were not given restrictions on cutting in front of swimmers so that was a mess but seemed to work out in the end.
We came out strong as a team and I'm proud of every one of us. Hopefully one more good day to come before we enjoy Italy and make our way back to the U.S.
Ciao for now, Katie