|Goody, Gilles, myself, Josh, Sabrina, Harrison, Cole,|
Cindy, Nicole, Roxy, Derek, and Michele at the Old
Spaghetti Factory for Dinner on Thursday.
So it was proposed by someone that we consider doing it on Friday, which was forecasted with more favorable conditions, although less than perfect. We made some calls, and while we couldn't get everyone to switch to Friday, we got 7 swimmers who could. That's a much better field of swimmers than zero, with bad weather.
|8 Mile swimmers, and their paddlers, with Antelope Island|
in the background.
|Swimming friends, Roxy, Madhuri, and Gilles|
We took a group picture before starting into the water and then slowly made our way to a point where everyone was at a reasonable depth to start swimming. We lined everyone up, did a count down and everyone began there swim. I paddled for Cindy Cortes. Right from the start Gilles took off, followed by Goody, Kim and Michelle. The wind was present, but not so bad that it was much of an issue.
|Life is muddy, move on!|
|Everyone is ready to go!|
|Cindy was very pleasant to paddle for.|
The thing I loved most about paddling for Cindy, was that she is NOT a whiner. She didn't complain once about how tired she was, or how bad her shoulders hurt, or how cold it was. I loved that. I made sure to time her feedings right so that when it was time to stop, I was right there next to her with a bottle that was already opened for a quick feed. Near the end of the race, we no longer timed the feeds, but she'd stop for a stretch or to breathe, and I asked her if she wanted a feed since it was only a few minutes away anyway.
When we got to mile 7 she admitted that she had never swam this far before. Which was a shock to me. That's quite brave to have your longest swim be in the Great Salt Lake. (But now that I think about it, my longest swim too is in the GSL). We then stopped at 7.5 miles, 8 miles, and then finished up at Black Rock. She was only a couple minutes behind Roxy.
|Cindy spent the most time in the salt|
water which surely deserves an award
First Place (Male): Gilles Chalandon
First Place (Female): Kim Patterson
Strongest Saline Stamina: Cindy Cortes (Movie of Redemption)
Most Pickled Tongue: Roxane Phifer
We got everyone back to the Marina, and we packed up for another day tomorrow....
|Pickled tongues. Cindy and Roxy battled it out for the worse|
More pictures of today's event can be found on the facebook page.