We got up at 6:30am and drove over to check in. Met Lynn Jolly and her crew which were borrowing the raffle kayak, along with Traci Chase who is the swimmer that Austin is paddling for. I helped Josh get people checked in and labelled for the race. Then everyone started heading down to the boat ramp and I realized I had my boats all tied up and I wasn't even in my swimsuit, so I really had to rush to get ready myself! The boys were still asleep in the back of the van. I met and talked with alot of really cool people, but my head wasn't on straight and I don't remember alot of names and I wish I could have had a full morning to just visit and chat with people.
|Let's get going!|
I kept on going but I couldn't even see Jorge's support boat ahead. He was really far up there and there was no catching him. My pace was right on, or maybe even a tad slower than I wanted and I was pushing it. This was going to be tough to get under my 4:50 goal.
|Jacob and me after the race|
Hit the five mile point and took another feeding. Then headed back west. Saw many 10 milers about 15 minutes-20 minutes behind me. Seemed like a LONG time to get back to the bay to swim across. Finally got there and took another feeding and then swam as fast as I could across the bay. My time was definitely slower than my goal pace. Got to the 10K turnaround buoy again and told Jacob to stay with me. He was staying behind me and I couldn't see him. I don't sight off him, I just don't like wondering where he is and worried that he is getting tired and dropping back. But he stayed with me just fine after that verbal correction.
|Most likely this isn't the case, but it kinda |
looks like Michelle Poole is checking me out! More likely
she's admiring the Rob's Aquatics logo. Haha.
|Austin paddled for Traci, and Jacob paddled for me. |
Nice job Gridley boys!
|Scott and Rachele Kunz finished the 10 mile. Scott's one of|
the most outgoing and fun guys I've met. He's quite the
athlete as he does 100K runs and 26.2 marathons. This was
I think his new PR for longest OW swim. He did great!
I wanted to talk with Jorge and find out what his training was like. Cause that guy was able to go so fast! He really kicked butt! I also wanted to talk with Rachel (she won the kayak that I donated) and Matt, and many others. But by that time everyone was already gone. Dang!!
Lynn left me a very cool book. I've already read the first chapter and it looks like a good one! What a great day it's been.
I'm very pleased on the whole of it.