The First Lake Swim of 2014

Lake Hartwell, from the water. My photo.
Lake Hartwell, from the water. That buoy is the half-mile mark. My photo.

We finally made it out to the lake yesterday, the first time this year. It’s been a cold spring. I looked at my records (my USMS flog), and our first day out last year was April 10, a full two weeks earlier. Even so late in April, the water temperature was still below 68 degrees F, so we put on our wetsuits. I don’t like wearing a wetsuit. I was cranky about it for the first mile, but then I perked up. It’s hard to be cranky when you’re swimming under a sky like that.

The first race of the year will be May 24, exactly a month from yesterday: the five mile Lowcountry Splash.

6 thoughts on “The First Lake Swim of 2014

  1. What a lovely picture! Almost enough to tempt me back to open water… . I dislike wetsuits too, unfortunately the only OW swimming venue near me makes them compulsory.

    1. Compulsory? What a shame! Is it that cold year-round?

      I find it’s better to swim in a wetsuit than not at all, but it’s so much better to swim without one! When I got in the pool the day after our open water swim, the water felt so good without the wetsuit.

  2. Congrats! It must feel great to be in open water again, wetsuit aside.
    Inquiring minds want to know … have you dialed in on your fueling for The Big Event? The question arose as one of the hungry runners was puzzling the logistics. How? Fueling for distance arose during a speed work session and your spectacular feat was mentioned, so he wanted to know whether you would be treading water or doing the backstroke. I didn’t know. Would be nice to be able to share the information with boggled minds.

    1. Hey! It was good. The sky was very big and very blue. And the water temperature has climbed this week! If it doesn’t cool down too much with the thunderstorms we’re scheduled to have tomorrow and Wednesday, Thursday could be terrific!

      I have not decided much about how to eat in the middle of the race, but I will probably float on my back. I’m not in so much of a hurry that I am unwilling to stop.

      Hope your training is going well!

  3. There’s nothing better than being outside, active, and enjoying nature. Thinking good thinks for your impossibly terrific Thursday swim.

    And thanks for the information. I’ll pass it along.

    Training for health and happiness at present, which is the most compelling reason to train. It’s going well! Almost put in 25 miles last week, which doesn’t exactly compute.

    I can never adequately repay you for the inspiration and encouragement you’ve provided as I started and am continuing this adventure. Thank you, M.

    Hey! We need to puzzle out doing a tri-relay with Squiddy at some point in life — if for no other reason than because we can do it. It will be epic, sweaty, fun, and life-affirming. We shall eat pinnacles of pastries following.

    Best of everything!

    1. Oh, you’re welcome! Thank you for coming and checking on me! You are incredible–almost 25 miles last week? You’re making it happen!

      I would love to do a tri-relay. It would be fun to be part of your team. AND WE WOULD EAT!

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