Yesterday was the best day of my life! As you all know I have been working to complete my first mile open water swim. The actual race is next Saturday but yesterday was the official clinic, and my first open water swim. I think my facebook post says it all:
I did it! I did it! I did it! I swam in open water for a mile and held my own with people who had all done it before without a wetsuit. This is the best day of my life!
If you read my last post you know that I was very worried about not fitting into a wetsuit but it turned out my worries were ill founded. There was no problem. In fact, the water felt good. The hardest part was keeping in a straight line (or they call it citing). You have to hold your head slightly out of the water to see the spot in front of you and stay straight. This takes more energy and will take some getting used to but I think I had a pretty good start yesterday. I was slower than everyone else but like I said in my status they all had more experience than me. For me it was just awesome to participate and finish.
Its hard to explain what swimming in this race means to me. I don’t know if I can put it into words. Its part dream of the last 18 months and dream of a high school swimmer who tried so hard to be good at something athletic. I remember the day I got my lifeguarding certification in high school. That was a big accomplishment for a fat girl. I felt a similar serge of emotions yesterday. I did it! I did something really hard and I know next week will be even more amazing. They said that each participant will get a medal and normally I think participatory medals are lame but this is one case where coming in last deserves a medal. It is a lifetime of work, a lifetime of struggles, a lifetime of loving the water all rolled up into a mile of Deer Creek Reservoir. I am more grateful than I can say to have found this opportunity and that I started this journey. Wow its been tough but moments like yesterday make it all worth it. Its so worth it!
By the way, you can still register if you want to participate. Its too late to get a t-shirt but you still can. Go to http://www.deercreekopenwater.com/.
If you have any tips for racing- what to eat, how to train this week before, how to pace myself etc I would really appreciate it. I need all the help I can get.
Is this not a happy face?:
The other exciting thing about yesterday is everyone was so nice. I am very grateful to have stumbled upon this open water swim if anything for the contacts it will give me of other intense swimmers. Everyone has been so accommodating including giving me a ride, coordinating a paddler and kayak and giving me advice for the race . Thank you so much! I am so excited for the race. If anybody is available I would love to have a friend at the race next week. I found I was so tired yesterday that not having to drive was a welcome relief. Plus, it would be nice to have someone to cheer me on. It starts early (we have to be there by 7) so I understand if no one is interested.
Here’s a video of us swimming:
I can’t wait for next week! It will be super hard but I know I can do it.