|Marsh Creek Lake|
I've taken scuba lessons, gone snorkeling, and ocean swimming many times - no problem, but I don't remember ever swimming in a lake. I expected this swim to be mucky, weedy, and dark. I'll most likely get kicked, but I must remember not to panic.
I'm scheduled to do my first triathlon on August 14, 2016. It includes a 1/2 mile swim (800 meters), 13.6 miles biking, and 3.1 miles running. Since May, I've been swimming in the pool twice a week and hired a coach to help make sure I'm swimming properly.
|Triathlete Classmates Chris, Marissa, and Alyssa (L-R)|
After about an hour of valuable tips and tricks, we all got into the water for more lessons. Water temp was just right for me, about 80F/27C. Mid-Atlantic Multisport offered free use of wet suits on a first come first served basis. I contemplated on getting 1 just to reacquaint myself with how it feels but soon opted out. I learned from class, it's best to know how to swim without a suit because you'll never know when wet suits won't be allowed to due to high water temp (over 84F).
|Weeds on me after completing the course.|
We all started about the same time. I was fine until I faced a field of weeds. Although I could swim over them, they wrapped around my legs and arms. I focused on my breathing and kept my sight on the buoy. About 3 yards to the first turn, I felt hands lightly touch my feet and that's when I really freaked out. I started doing the breast stroke while trying to compose myself. But I was so frazzled I started treading after turning the first buoy. Many times, I just wanted to stand up but it was too deep, Oh I wished for walls to cling to. I thought about rolling over my back but I was too frozen. I heard at least 3 people ask if I was ok and I kept saying yes.
It took forever turning the 3rd buoy. I continued with breast strokes until after the 4th and final buoy, then swam a few freestyle strokes. The weeds are back. They seem to congregate near the shore, so I went back to breast strokes.
Whew, I made it! I had a lot of help which I may not have in the actual race. So what's next? More open water with a lot of distractions.
What new thing would you dare to try?