|Getting in is actually the easiest part|
of the whole process. The finish
and the recovery is the toughest.
I finished at the boat ramp and noticed my watch read 9:40 so I backed up a bit and went up to my shoulders and hung out until 10 minutes exactly, then I got out. I immediately noticed that my left and right shoulders were rubbed raw from my scruffy jawbone when breathing to the side. Looks like from now on when swimming in the GSL, even if it's a measly 700 yards, I'll need to put just a dab of channel grease on my left and right shoulders.
This was a tough week for me. I got dressed and ran up to the car to warm up. I don't like shivering and chattering away even among friends. I realize that every one of them go through the shakes just like I do, but it's a little embarrassing, I don't know why I feel that way. I suggested that next time we all go at once so we don't have to wait around and recover after the swim while others are just starting.
I told Josh, I'm still not convinced that I'm even considering setting a goal to be on the International Ice Swimming Association. I think I'll stick to my 2 lap 10 minute swims. It's going to get harder as the water gets colder, but the distance at this point will not increase until I'm more confident and able to strengthen myself mentally especially beyond the 7 minute mark.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Looking forward to a day to rest and recover then kick it into high gear on Black Friday!