|Lang and me before bus ride|
I started off at a nice even pace but it only took about 5 minutes to feel the 10 mile race from last week and the ton of yard work I did Thursday. This might turn out to be a LONG day! After about a mile and 1/2 I got relaxed and focused a lot on my stroke. My stomach was killing me at about mile 3 so I had to stop and.....take care of it. hehe I was moving at a pretty good pace and the feeds seemed to come quickly. Lang told me at one feed that we were already halfway and that I was really moving. I believed him and picked my pace up some....not wise in hindsight!
The water felt great and I was feeling pretty good. My arms and shoulders were sore but nothing too bad.
When I got to my 6th feed, Lang said I was under a mile to go. I told him no more feeds and I did 100 strokes normal then 100 strokes fast. After 8 rotations of this (which is 1600 strokes) I started to get tired but took a peak to realize we weren't very close to land after all. I swam a bit more then Lang said we had about 300 yards left. He could see the harbor "real close". I went really hard for as long as I could then after 400 strokes, I needed a drink. Lang said he was sorry but we were still a bit away. I jokingly told him that his sense of distance is S**T. lol I was now tired...TIRED. Turns out that I still had about a mile left. I was too tired to put any speed in so I just swam as well as I could. My last mile was probably pathetically slow. We were near the harbor because a police boat got next to me to escort me to the finish area. Too many boats were coming and going and they were afraid I was going to get run over even with Lang there....which I almost did I was later told.
Finished in 3:48.06. Not the greatest time but I was TANKED the last mile because I was doing 100 stroke sprints over and over earlier. When I got in, the lady there that was taking the official times told me Congrats on finishing my 3 big swims. The race director came down and told me the awards ceremony was going to be in 2 minutes. I thought I had "just made it" but I later found out that they were waiting for me. lol
After the awards were handed out, the race director asked if I was there. When I raised my hand, he told everyone about the UT triple crown and how I was the only one to do all 3 swim races with the longest swim for each race. He handed me a trophy. I was surprised but really happy. I haven't won a trophy since I was a kid. It says, "2012 UTAH OPEN WATER SWIMMING SERIES WINNER". Pretty sweet.
|my paddler Lang and me|
|Chad and me - He got me by 8 min this time|
I was pretty sore but got help loading my kayak. All of us left soon after then met for lunch. When we were standing in line, I asked Lang how long it will be until the cops show up.
Couple of side notes. 2 things I'm proud of:
1) I never turned into a "diva" on Lang. I did tell him his distance sighting sucked but never went off on him.
2) I NEVER sighted for direction. I relied only on Lang for direction. This took a LOT of discipline. Every time I got tempted to look up to see where we were heading, I just forced myself to relax and TRUST MY PADDLER! It worked well. Many buoys got broken off and were floating all over the place. Lang didn't follow them but kept a straight line for the finish. Thanks buddy!
It was another great time with my swim buddy Chad. I really like swimming with him and doing event like this with him make it all the better. I'm glad I met you and glad we do so much to help each other. You do a lot more on your end than I do on mine so thanks.
The race needs to be a bit better organized with markings and the food at the end was a joke but overall it was a great swim.
Be back next year!.....unless I'm doing something cooler!