Back to the Sound today. I had some errands to run. I am doing a SCUBA dive Thursday and needed to go to the shop to get fitted for my gear. Once I was done, I headed to the Sound and went in. Nice little beach entry next to the Aquarium in Manteo. Water was hot and the sun was beating down pretty good. I headed south and counted out 1600 strokes. This is usually a mile for me on calm conditions. I stopped and looked around and noticed I was WELL past a mile from where I started. The current did not feel strong when I got in and must have picked up after I had been in awhile. I took a feed and started to head back. 400 strokes later I realized I have hardly made any progress back. I also noticed I was no longer able to touch the bottom. THEN I noticed I was being pushed out into the middle of the Sound with a good current pushing me. Not good. I put my head down and cranked it for several hundred more strokes. I looked up and noticed I had made progress but not much. If I swam my regular pace, I would either swim with 0 progress or even get pushed back some. I had to swim in a "Z" style pattern for awhile to make progress. It worked but it wore me out. When I was able to touch the bottom again, I took my last feed and could feel the water pushing against me the way I was heading. I knew it was going to be a LONG swim back. Plus the sun was sucking the life out of me. I was tired.
I bore down and counted out strokes by 200 then would make a quick stand up stop and see if I needed to make any adjustments. Repeat, repeat all the way in. When I finished, I felt like I had done a really hard workout. My arms were sore, my shoulders ached, and my energy was GONE.
I kept thinking, quality over quantity. I only wanted 2 miles!
I got back and did a map my run measurement of my swim and realized did just around 3 miles instead of 2. By stroke count, it was more like 5! :P
Had a good time in the end but I did stop in the first 7-11 on the way back for some chocolate milk.
3 hard miles OW