|Gords and me before swim|
Here is how it went.....
I start prep surgery tomorrow and chemo starts Monday so I knew this was my last cold water swim of the year. MAYBE I could get one short one in between my 1st and 2nd round of chemo but I'm not holding my breath on it. I just wanted to get one more cold swim in. I posted on Facebook that I was going to the marina one last time for a short swim. Lucky for me Josh and Gordon showed up.
I did a temp reading and it said 41 degrees.
|USP official water temp = 41!|
I DID think...well if I do try the ice mile, this is what it will be like. I told myself that I mainly wanted to just do 2 laps that would equal 1/2 mile. If I did that then we'll see but doubtful. We all got in and I did some heads up to get adjusted. I finally swam normal but could only do 30 strokes at a time because my face hurt too much. It finally adjusted after the 1st lap. I did the 2nd lap and my feet hurt and hands were REALLY in pain but I felt fine otherwise. I was seriously considering calling it good and I'll do it next season but something inside of me just snapped. GO AND DO IT NOW YOU P***Y!!! Meh, let's see what happens.
|Finishing 2nd lap...halfway there|
|3rd lap finish|
|4th lap....all those bubbles are my probably my profanity|
|4th lap turnaround...getting dark. Home stretch now!|
It was getting dark when I got out and the air temp was quickly dropping which only made it worse when I got out. Gordon and Josh were there cheering me on like mad men! It was great to have them there. I tried to get up but my legs were dead. I couldn't feel my feet and Gordon had to help me out. They dried me off then put me in Josh's van with the heater on full. It did NOTHING. I had piles of clothes and towels on me but I was too cold to notice. Luckily there is a shower facility at the marina with hot water so Josh drove us there. He turned the shower to warm and I sat in the car for several more minutes shaking violently and moaning from the pain I was in. The recovery was BRUTAL. I've never felt pain like that. Pure pain right down to your literal bones are in pain!
|Lovin' that hot water!...and the speedo I borrowed from Josh. ( I actually forgot mine)|
They had to help me to the shower where I just sat there and let the warm water slowly thaw me out. As I got warmer, I turned the water up warmer. I can honestly say that this was the first solo warm shower I've had in several months. Normally I hate hot showers but under these conditions it felt GREAT!
I had SO many reasons that I wanted to do this and I was just as amazed and shocked as Josh and Gords that I did it on what is technically a "whim" of me wanting to go out. I never planned on doing this today...it just happened.
As I was warming up, a LOT of emotions about what this swim meant to me and all the mental and emotional pain I've been through the past few months came out. I cried like a baby in front of my 2 friends and felt no shame in it. I am comfortable enough with them that I didn't care.
I don't want to go through chemo and have something to "look forward to" when I'm recovered. I want something I can LOOK BACK ON when I'm feeling miserable and use that as motivation to get better. I need to submit some paperwork but I should be the 6th person in America to ever do this type of swim since the IISA was established.
I can't thank my friends Gordon and Josh enough for being there today and helping me. There is no way I would have made it without you two. The help you gave me when I needed it was beyond friendship. I just keep thinking about how the 3 of us met just less than 2 years ago to do a 200 yard "cold water swim" at a lake when the water was 49! LOL That's a joke! Look at how far we have come as friends, swim partners, and cold water enthusiasts. It's been a hell of a ride to get to this point and I'm glad you 2 were there the whole time.
|Official swim route|
Distance - 1 mile
Water Temp - 41 degrees F
Air Temp - 50.5 at start. Below 45 at finish.
Wind Temp - 35 degrees
Time in water - approx 40 min.
Time from water entry to full recovery - 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Here are their accounts.
Josh - Utah Open Water
Gordon - Gords Swim Log
Here is the video Gordon made.