|Goody and I set out for our swim.|
|The mist was awesome! Photo simply doesn't do the moment|
I took another reading: 57 again. I was smiling underwater because I didn't feel overly cool. I was comfortable and felt like I could go on at this temp for hours.
Temp readings during the third lap averaged 58 degrees. Still we swam strong and the sun was starting to make a difference. No boats had appeared yet which was awesome. There was a slight pickup of wind, but it was very minor and was just a easterly ripple coming from Ogden Canyon. Not a big deal.
During the fourth lap the average reading was 59 degrees. Goody wanted to try something on the last half of the fourth lap. He had me stow his SSD behind my Swimming Buddy board. He gave me a mission to just stay 10 feet off to his left with me staying at his hip. This was practice for me pacing during Catalina. This was difficult for a couple reasons:
1) I felt obligated to look off to my right more often than I would have. I bilateral breathe and when I am forced to just do one side I can feel a slight strain. Nothing major, it just feels goofy.
2) I had to remember to stay at the designated pace.
3) I had to sneeze once and when I did it, my scrunched up face allowed water in my goggles. I had to stop real quick to drain it out and resume. He noticed and stopped. I sure hope he doesn't do that in Catalina. If I happen to get water in my goggles while pacing, he should forget me. I'm the one there trying to keep him on task and if he ends up stopping, to see why I'm not right there next to him, I would feel guilty for making him waste energy.
|Almost done. Last "Zag" before heading in to the finish.|
I took off my cap at this point. My last reading read just over 60° and that temp isn't really cold anymore. I stowed the cap in my waterproof container, said Goodbye to my partner, and went for one more. I realized that each lap was well under 2 miles per lap, so on the last lap I did lots of "zig zags" across to one side and to the other. The boats were out and about now and I wasn't about to risk going out of the no wake zone just to get some extra distance. The wind had picked up a little, but still not a big deal. On the fifth lap, including all the zig zags, my total came to 10.1 miles and in 6:30. The temp on that last lap averaged 61°.
|GPS said 10.1 miles once I stood up to get out. But I forgot to|
stop it after that, so the route shows my drive home. Kind of
looks like my kid got a hold of the map and scribbled on it,
with the fifth "zig zag" lap.
Another milestone was reached with this morning's swim: Over 500 miles swam for 2012. Well ahead of goal pace.