This is huge, so of course, I have to post about it again. I attempted my second open water swim last night at Lake Desolation with the Saratoga Triathlon Club. This time I went equipped with my snazzy new wetsuit. I had the pleasure of quickly learning how to get it on (plastic bag works wonders) and then sweating my a@# off while we listened to the intro, rules, etc.
I can safely say that as soon as we began to wade into the water, I knew without a doubt that it was going to be a totally different swimming experience. The wetsuit floats, thus so does Sarah! While I still needed to stop and take breaks in the 3/4 of a mile that I swam, I can say that I did so with ease. I was able to actually swim much more of the distance than last week. And not once did I panic! Score!!!! It’s weird to say out loud, but I’m actually looking forward to future open water swimming.
We ended the evening with a visit to Tinney’s Tavern for some ribs and maybe a beer or two. While the entire experience wasn’t spectacular, we laughed ……. a lot. We discussed racing, food, bikes, swimming, costumes, several things that I can’t mention here and more. It was a good night. So thank you to all of my carpool buddies and the random pal we picked up from Oklahoma for a great night of fun and laughter.