|Getting ready to go!|
Last night I slept so good, considering it was kinda hot and we were in a 5x6 tent, and I didn't have a pillow. I used my duffle bag as a pillow. The sun came up at 0530 and I felt refreshed. Got up and got ready. Got down to the water and did a short warmup out the first turn and back (about 460 meters total).
Met Cynthia Kraft as I was coming out of the water. Then I saw John Chung, and Jim McConica whom I had not yet met, but knew via facebook. He's a legend and it was an honor meeting him. Joined up with Sue, Todd and Sarah and we had some pep talk chat and had a brief safety meeting and then waded into the water. Also introduced them to Dominique who also was swimming the 10K.
|$2! Can you believe that!?|
What a crying shame.
The water this morning read 67 on both my watch and on the duck thermometer I bought last night on clearance at Albertsons. Kara told me her thermometer broke and needed an official reading. Funny that my $2 thermometer (backed up by my watch) was the official race thermometer.
|Elvis in stilts is a pretty cool spokes-|
person. But Elvis in stilts wearing a
speedo would be epic!
|Finish of the first lap, three more to go|
At the end of the second lap I still felt strong. I ended up with a 5K time of 1:20. I knew I would probably have my third lap be the toughest, so I was determined to really put James Hardy's Vitargo to the test and push it hard on that third lap and if I bonk, then I know it's crap. I swam really hard.. When I finished that third lap, my time was 2:04. The chop was affecting me, not my strength. I felt awesome.
|Todd, Sue, Sarah, me and Kathy|
|Sarah finishes and is thrilled to have|
her first official marathon open water
swim in the books!
When Sarah got out she was all smiles and upbeat. She wasn't completely spent and said she thoroughly enjoyed that swim. That made me glad that she did so well. She's officially a marathon swimmer and completely prepared for Antelope to Black Rock. She's gonna rock it!