|Gords and me|
We went down the "beach" side instead of the boat ramp. Gords wanted to do longer loops and I still want to stay near the marina just in case. My apprehension of being alone out there is almost gone but as long as there is at least 1% of uncertainty of my ability out there, I'm going to play it safe. I keep reminding myself, it would look REAL bad if the safety officer for SLOW drowned or had to be rescued!
I swam out to a red buoy that was a few hundred yards away with Gordon. He turned west and I turned back to the marina. There is a line of red buoys that go parallel to the marina and shallow water isn't far away. I just swam back down the buoy line past several of them then turning around and repeating. I went back and forth a few times until I was sure I had gone over a mile.
When I was swimming, a few things crossed my mind.
1. Man, this salt stings! I'm not accustomed to it like I have been before. My tongue is already mad at me and stings like crazy.
2. My goggles got a tiny bit of water in them and my eye burned really bad. Once again I'm soft!
3. My breathing is HORRIBLE. I kept forgetting to alter my breathing pattern and technique and paid the price for it.
Despite these complaints, my overriding thought was I AM SO GLAD I'M DOING THIS. I haven't done a mile in GSL in a LONG time and she is just welcoming me back! The things people complain about the most often are the things I have grown to love the most about the GSL.
I felt really good after a mile but needed to get going. I definitely feel ready for a Gridley Straight soon. I'll need someone with me but I know I can do it.
Yesterday Gordon passed 300 accumulated miles in the GSL. This amazes me and makes me wonder how many miles I've accumulated. I honestly have no idea. I know he has the most ever by far but I'm pretty sure I'm 2nd for most miles accumulated. Congrats buddy!
1 mile OW