Ok, so I didnt do as well as I wanted to, but I learned (or should I say re-learned a lot) about my distance race. I got a horrible stitch in my right side about 15 minutes into the swim. And because of this, I held back quite a bit in the second 20 minutes (20-40 min section). I sped up the last 20 minutes, because I felt I was lagging a bit. The last 5 minutes were the worst. I knew it was time to really start sprinting, but my side was hurting terribly. I could barely breathe, and I was so cramped, I almost felt I was going to double up and curl in on myself. I wasn't tired particurally..just in intense pain. I tried all the techniques: stretching it out, breathing our hard (sometimes a stitch is caused by nitrogen build-up because you dont exhale fully with each breath). Nothing was working. The last 200 yards was not as sprinty as it should have been. But I didnt stop. And I ended up swimming a 4,035 yards. Not the 4200-4500 I was looking for, but considering the circumstances, it was alright. This was my first OHS, so it's something to base off of and I have to take it as that. I can still feel the stitch today. One of the coaches tried to tell me it might be trapped gas (which sometimes happens if you eat and then try and workout..and you get that stitch)..but I think my abdominal muscle on the right side was overworked or something, especially since the most intense feeling was pain with the inclination to curl into a ball. Anyway, Im alive. James is at the dentist and when he returns, we are going grocery shopping. Im calling Charlotte, from class, when we return, and she's coming over to we can practice our swedish techniques. I ordered my massage table yesterday, so hopefully it will be here by the beginning of next week, at the latest.