|Brandon Slaugh - GSL 1 mile winner 26:17|
What kind of person are you. Do you ride a scary amusement ride with your hands up and your eyes wide open? Or do you ride it with your eyes clinched shut, your hands death gripping the bars and exit the ride smelling of urine?
You can be a really fast pool swimmer, and that might even equate to being fast in open water, but that doesn't make you an open water swimmer. When I think of a true open water swimmer, they have alot of heart and not necessarily alot of brawn. You're way better off with alot of heart, because you'll have the desire to improve on the brawn and that will come with more experience and practice. But if you have a ton of brawn and no heart. You can't really progress.
And I don't really mean to bash the guy. I didn't talk to him, I was out with the 8 milers. He came out, he got in, he kicked butt. I'm suspect that he's looking back now at the race in a much more favorable light than the moment he got out. For me this race was more about the individual experience and learning to love the lake, than simply beating everyone else to the finish. I feel strongly about the lake and I guess its difficult for me to understand how others don't fall in love with it instantly as well. I know it's unreasonable of me to feel that way. Everyone is different. And for many it takes time.
|Nicole getting a fresh rinse after her 1:03:38 mile in GSL|
|After my 2 mile swim this morning looking towards Antelope Island.|
This morning I went to the marina at 7am and wanted to see how fast I could do the exact route of the mile. I lined up right next to the green buoy and started my stopwatch and swam at about 85-90% to black rock. The water was perfect. I wasn't cold at all and there were only tiny little ripples coming from the north. I got the finish and stopped my watch when I was fully out of the water. 24:54. Nice. My watch thermometer read 67°F.
On the way back I took it easy and enjoyed the water. Long relaxed strokes and loved having the sun on my face as I was heading east. It was a fantastic morning! A little over 2 miles in GSL. What a great start to my day.