Once we were at the buoy, we chatted for about 20 seconds then headed back to the marina. Gords had to wait for me since I keep "allowing" him to get ahead of me. ***By "allow" I mean he's a lot faster than me and there's nothing I can do about it!!!*** :)
We then headed straight for Blackrock. It felt nice to be swimming with my friend in the OW again as opposed to doing the solo swims I've had to do lately. Having a friend there just makes the swim all the more enjoyable. Got to Blackrock and drank a bit then chatted for a minute. I'm not sure when but on the way back, I spotted a red buoy out in the distance that I know is near the marina entrance. I fall for optical illusions easily and thought it was closer. I decided to pick up the pace some. I kept pulling harder and faster and soon I was moving very quickly and was swimming very fast. I kept expecing to blow out and be physically wiped but it never came. I was able to hold this fast pace for at least a half mile. I felt fantastic and highly motivated when I got to the buoy. Gords was there and I had him pace behind me to see if I was really moving that much faster or was lying to myself. He said I was indeed moving a lot quicker than normal. I need to find out how long I'm able to hold this pace. I felt great for a half mile but who's to say I can't hold it for much longer? I'd like to find out. I've just been to apprehensive I guess before or not time or motivation.
We got into the marina boat ramp with a distance of 3.25 miles. I felt really good.