I took her advice and I soon recovered and found my love of swimming again. It was talking to her, someone who actually knew what I was going through, that was able to give me the help I needed to see the sunlight again.
Not too long later, I was able to meet her at the International Open Water Swim Awards. I thanked her for the advice and told her how much our conversation meant to me. If she had not helped me during that time, I can not say for certain that I would still be swimming today.
|Anne, me and Mallory Renae|
I met with Lisa at 0500 at JN. It was a beautiful morning and I told Lisa about Anne and all she did to help me and others. I said I only wanted to do 2 miles today. I got an ear infection last week and had to get medicine for it and was told I was not allowed to swim. As we started, I stopped for a minute and pointed up at the sky, "This swim is for you Anne"!
Lisa and I stayed inside the buoy line and did the full route. We finished and we were just under 2 miles. I felt AMAZING. I was full of energy after the first mile and dare I say it, I was not far behind Lisa. I couldn't keep up with her but I was a whole lot closer than usual. I said I feel too good to stop. We headed straight south to the dam to add on another mile.
We finished at exactly 3 miles. I made sure to dry my ear out very well after taking out the plugs. I really hope my ear doesn't hurt tonight. If it does, it means I have to see an ENT Dr. and it might be the end of my training for awhile and thus I'll probably have to scrap my Utah Triple Crown in 24 hours for this year. (Fingers crossed!!!)
|Another perfect day|
Water temp was 68. PERFECT!
3 miles OW