I made it!
This is always a tough, but rewarding swim. It’s one that I have difficulty feeling prepared for, and it was an emotional roller coaster of a week going into it. My original escort got called into work and was unable to paddle, but my friend Patrick quickly stepped in and also provided photo documentation of the event. This swim was very much up current going down and on the way back we faced tough wind that resulted in some white caps on the way back. My escort was actually knocked out of the kayak a couple of times on the return trip. I found myself unsure of my training knowing full well that the most time I am able to spend in the water is about an hour and a half and that this races lasts about 2 hours. To prepare myself, I did quite a bit of resistance swimming pulling a swim parachute in the water to increase my workload with my limited time. I was able to practice the race course about 3 times in the 2 months before, but the ocean as always is unpredictable. Race day provided us with some serious chop and gusts! One of my good friends was actually pulled from the race by her escort due to a large shark trailing her! At that time she was in position to be the second place woman. As exhausting as this swim is, I find that the more physically and mentally challenging a race, a workout, or even day to day life, the more rewarding it is to reach the other side. If it were easy I can guarantee that the sense of accomplishment/fulfillment would be far less. Thank you all for your words of support and encouragement, and I hope you enjoy the photos!
Categories: Race Day