On Saturday I swam the two-mile race at the Lake Lure Open Water Swim. The swim is part of a long weekend of events hosted by Rumbling Bald Resort every August. Lake Lure itself is a pretty little lake in western North Carolina, overlooked by Rumbling Bald Mountain.
The swim is in a bay; the water is cool, clear, and calm. And the race is simple enough: one-mile loop of buoys, yellow ones on the way out, round orange one at the turn, and orange ones on the way back. If you swim the one-mile race, that’s it; if you swim the two-mile race, you do it twice.
Then you run onto the sandy beach and over a mat to stop your time. Piece of cake.
My swim was uneventful. I was accidentally seeded in the first and fastest wave of the two-mile swim (I belonged in the second), but I did not get walloped by speedier swimmers as I had feared. It was a happy little swim in a happy little lake.
I took third out of nine in my age group — it was the biggest age group in the women’s competition — and I got a bronze medal. Everybody received an attractive t-shirt, a perfectly acceptable swim cap, and a snazzy neon green and black sling bag, which might be the best of all. Swag is nice, and the bag was completely unexpected.
I traveled with my friend K, who is an excellent traveling companion in that he wants to listen to Counting Crows and HAIM in the car, and on the way back we had lunch at The Hare and Hound in Landrum. They had cider on tap, which was also nice and completely unexpected. We sat at the bar. I wore my medal.
The Lake Lure Open Water Swim offers an easy to follow course in a beautiful, calm conditions. I don’t know if the set-up will change much for next year — they will be hosting one of the 2016 US Masters Open Water Championships and plan a one-mile swim and a 3.1-mile swim — but as it is, I think it would make a great first race for a new open water swimmer.