2 Mile Open Water Swim
Okay so 8ish hour drive from home to New York City=finally stalking your lives and catching up. I’ve missed you guys. I have passed my lovely human anatomy class and now sadly I don’t have a date with Latisha every MW night. So sad…
Anywho-so back to my daily musings. I’ll begin with a race recap because it’s more interesting than food.
On Saturday, I swam an open water 2 mile swim in the NYC area. I have actually been participating in this race longer than any other races-both running and swimming. This year was particularly brutal but still fun.
After getting to the pier, I checked in where the race official/register simply calls me Potsdam. Since I swear he can’t remember my name and I’m the only person in the world that goes to college at Potsdam. I arrived and he was like oh Potsdam gonna drown today?
Anywho, after getting all my crap and getting my race number drawn on, I shot the breeze with people and waited for the ferry. I am still extremely bitter that I’m not in the 19> age category so I can’t be race number 1. Sadly-I was 5.
The race actually begins on an island in the sound, so we have to take about a 15 minute Ferry there. But first-guess who was racing too?!
I also met Beth who is equally as awesome and a kick ass athlete. Can you guys both do all my biking (they biked 20 miles after the race…I went shopping…)
(PS: force her to make you the greatest orange chocolate cookies ever. I ate the entire bag in the car 5 seconds after getting into it. True life..that is why there is no photo.)
Anywho-we got to the island around 7:45 and the race started at 8:30.
I did a nice warmup of about 10 meters Please don’t think I’m joking because it’s not. I don’t warm up for open water swims very often. I get used to the water and call it a day.
This year the temperature was 72 degrees and when I got hypothermia 2 years ago, it was 71.
So it was cold.
The race was an out and back course. You swim out a mile-look back and think oh dear god and then come back. At least that is what I do.
There were some crazy waves that drowned me lungs with salt water. I feel like I got enough of that.
I’m terrible at sighting during open water swims so I normally find someone to creep on and follow them. It normally works out well but this race I creeped on the wrong clown. He ran straight into the 5 foot buoy. Like legit just swam right into it. I nearly had to stop because I was choking on salt water already and then laughing at him did not equal. I then decided that it was 600 meters to the shore and I could find it myself.
True life. The hardest part of the swim for me was the 10 meter dash up the beach at the end. I kind of limped my way up there and called it a day. One guy fell-so I didn’t feel too bad for taking it slow.
I ended up getting second in my age group (ha). I finished the 2 miler in 1:01. This is my first year over an hour but I’m not too concerned since it was so choppy. This race has seen me at my best and worse.
I was the top female overall 3 years back, got hypothermia 2 years ago, 1 year ago I finished pretty strong and this year I finished. I think it just shows how mentally exhausted I am of swimming. I love swimming, don’t get me wrong but after next college season-I’m going to take a few years off and come back another time when I’m mentally fresh.
Now that I think about it-I have been swimming for about 15 years. I have had a few months off now and again with my shoulder issues but I was still at the pool. Swimming is different from so many other sports, that there really isn’t a definitive time you are “in season.” It’s all the freaking time. I also manage a pool. I spend 16 hours during college pool staring at a damn black lane. I teach swimming lessons periodically. I seriously never get away from the pool. Swimming has seen me progress and grow up but in a year it’s time for a break.
I say that now…but I also said I would stop buying gas station coffee and I would never run.
Well enough of Sally Sappy. I’ll have more photos later, because my aunt and uncles love taking them but these are just the ones from my camera.