This morning I met Chad at the Bear Lake State Marina where we planned to start our own version of the swim the day before. We started at the beach just north of the marina at a little after 8 am. The water felt a little cool, but not overwhelmingly so. After letting my watch adjust, the first reading came to 72 degrees.
Since Chad and I shared the support boat it was agreed that we would swim fairly close to each other. You wouldn't want to get separated and have issue with other boats out there not seeing you.
Anyway the swim went well and I did a lot of drills, and when I got sick of that did one arm fly, and after that did breast stroke. I didn't mind the pace. It was nice feeling not rushed and had all the energy in the world. Left shoulder was giving me a bit of a fit though. Nothing terrible, just a little ache. But concerning given that I have the Deer Creek 10 mile in a month. Need to get at it, and not keep this slump I've been in.
As we got closer to the other side I saw the small driveway down into Cisco Beach with the toll shed. Pointed the boat to that direction and we made our way there. The finish area sure was rocky and difficult to walk on. I thought of an idea that should make next year's race go better. Some really old carpet that we can put in the water leading the swimmers out.
We did the 7 mile course in 4:11. And a new PR on most breaststroke I've done in a day. Don't know how far of it was breaststroke exactly, but I estimate probably a mile. Man that Capt. Webb dude must have had knees with strong tendons, cause the morning after I felt like Danny Leruso after getting a leg sweep.
Breaststroke is tough on the knees for distance apparently!
Thanks to Chad's friend Ryan and his wife Chandra for the support. They were great in timing those breaks and getting them out to us. Another width crossing in the books!