Met with Jim this morning at PineView a little after 0930. He's typically a pool swimmer but has been branching out lately to do some open water swims and helping out teams for triathlons by doing the swim portion. He was pretty excited about today's swim. We got in and the water was 64 degrees. Felt great. Jim couldn't quite understand how I was so cozy and he was still a bit chilly despite wearing a full body wetsuit. We did the dam route nice and easy. I was feeling sluggish and tired for the whole first lap. Jim couldn't stop smiling or talking about how fantastic it felt to swim in the open water compared to a pool. You could really see it in his face that the excitement and yearning to do more OW swims was there. I told him that I knew I could convert him!
When we got back, I needed another lap to get to 20 miles for the week. I'm picky about getting my distance but my feeling bad got MUCH worse. On the way back to the dam I threw up twice. Once I was at the dam I started to feel a tiny bit better but once I was almost near the end, my stomach cramped up really bad and I had to take care of something I've never had to take care of while swimming. It was a new experience to say the least. I finished the swim and was glad to be done. My stomach was killing me but I had hit my weekly quota.
3.75 miles OW today.
Now for some Pepto and a good nap!