Although the daytime weather in Kaohsiung is still very hot, it has already started to change, and it is slightly cooler in the mornings and evenings. I have recently decided to take part in the winter swimming activity being organized by the Cheng Ching Lake early-morning swimming association. There the swimming pool is 50 meters long and is outdoors, there are few people swimming, and those that do are mostly very proficient at swimming and also very fast. I hope that after a period of time of training with them, my freestyle will also be able to become a little faster.
For the period from November to March, my swimming goals are as follows:
(1) Two swim in two different swimming pools (including the 25 meter indoor pool that I have been going to), and to cover between 25,000 and 30,000 meters of swimming each week.
(2) To lay emphasis on both long-distance and short-distance (high speed) swimming.
(3) To do dry-land exercises (to increase my strength).
This program will formally commence on November 1.
Congratulations to Ruben Ruzafa of Spain with his winning time of 2:37:36 and to Julie Dibens of the United Kingdom with her winning time of 3:03:57 (awesome race) at the 2008 XTERRA World Championships on Maui. A special thanks, too, to a previous many-time champion Jamie Whitmore for her excellent commentating. I hope you fully recover.