|The Gridley Van - This is how we roll (minus Jacob who is
at scout camp) Lucy didn't want me to tag her on facebook
so I could only capture her forehead on the second row.
Josh came up to the cabin with his family and spent the night and we left early this morning for a swim across Bear Lake. We drove to Cisco Campground on the east side and parked there and Austin was our paddler. Josh and I swim very close to the same pace and agreed that we share Austin as our paddler. This worked out great.
|Me, Austin and Josh about to start as we head west to
the other side. The water felt great!
When we got half way to the other side I noticed a few columns of bubbles coming up from the bottom. I kind of hand a split second freak out thinking that the famed Bear Lake Monster was real. The water was crystal blue and was so pretty and mesmerizing.
|Swimming stroke for stroke
Our time ended up being 3:17:21 on my watch. That's a respectable time. It beats my own PR for a width crossing by quite a bit. My old PR was 3:43:12 set July of last year. It really helps when you have a fellow swimmer to go with. This is my first time swimming in Bear Lake where it felt like an event where time was a factor, rather than a long distance swim, or a training swim. The last mile or so felt like a sprint. I wanted to get a good time and that elusive west coast seemed to not get any closer! My shoulder after the swim felt so tight! I'm so glad to have setup an appointment to see Dr. Bell for a cortisone shot on Monday.
When we got back to the cabin, I was SO TIRED. My left shoulder was shot and I felt like I hadn't slept for days. I sent Cathi to Logan to get the food for the race, while I took a nap. Man that felt great. When she got back I thought another 30 minute swim in the Logan River would do wonders for my shoulder, so I did another cold water swim. Felt great!
Looking forward to having the swimmers have a great swim tomorrow morning like Josh and I did!
Total: 7.0 miles in 3:17 (and warmdown time around 5 minutes) + 30 minutes in the Logan River water temp was 59 degrees Fahrenheit!