‘Twas a BEAUTIFUL morning for my first open water swim of the season!
I was up before the sun this morning with big plans of making the the 1.5 hour drive to Orlando to meet a few friends for a little swim.
On my way out the door I had a piece of toast with peanut butter, apple butter, chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of flax seed.
The early morning drive to Orlando was quick and pain free. I’d rather wake up super early and cruise along I-4 with zero traffic, then drive later in the afternoon when it’s bumper to bumper.
What can I say? I’m a morning person. 🙂
In case you’re new here… Lucky’s Lake is this great group swim that takes place every Saturday morning in Lucky’s backyard. One lap out and back is one kilometer, so swimmers have the option of doing one or more laps depending on what they’re training for. Lucky (a seriously great guy) opens up his property, bathroom facilities, and even his hot tub to all local swim enthusiast with no string attached.
I’ve taken advantage of Lucky’s Lake in all my past training for tris and am a big fan of the calm water and welcoming crowds. (You can read about my first swim – from all the way back in 2009! – here )
As I’ve been putting extra effort in training in the pool this time around I thought the open water swim would be a little easier then years’ past. Wrong!.
When they rang the bell – signaling the start of the swim – I’m not sure what happened, but I instantly tensed up and had problems controlling my strokes and breathing. The dark, merky water threw me off and not being able to see really threw my mental game off. I’ve never had this problem with open water swims before, so I was not expecting it. I think the the fact I was taking a breath every third stroke instead of every other stroke (like I’ve done the past) may of had something to do with it.
I took my time for the first 500m, mentally wrapping my head around the conditions. About 3/4 of the way through Kelly and I stopped and had a little chat before pushing ourselves the final leg. Taking breaks and not worrying about time kept me calm and happy.
Thirteen minutes after we started we reached the sand bank of the other side of the lake. After a nice rest and a quick catch up up with our friends we turned around and did it all over again.
This time my body – and mind- were ready for it . Mentally, the dark water wasn’t bothering me and, physically, my arms and legs felt strong. We swam the second half straight through and reached the starting bank a couple of minutes faster than the first 500.
That second lap felt so good, I didn’t mind heading out for another 500. The four girls took our time swimming out to the first bouy and back for a nice cool down.
Overall, I was happy with the swim. It’s an open water base I’m more than pleased to start at.
After the swim my sister, brother and I changed into a pair of running shoes before hitting the road for a HOT three mile run.
We didn’t start our run until after 9:00am and by then it was just too hot. We pushed it through the best we could, but there’s no way we could have made it any further in the morning heat. Running in Florida in the summer is brutal.
When we finished I only wanted one thing – an ice cold smoothie. Luckily, I knew there was a Whole Foods down the road that would grant my wish.
The Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie from Whole Foods never tasted so good. I asked them to skip the bananas, double the strawberries, and add a tablespoon of almond butter for good measure.
It tasted like a Chocolate PB&J milkshake. Love!
With the smoothie I also purchased a Top of the Morning muffin.
The addition of carrots and raisins to muffin always makes this a favorite of mine.
I have no big plans for the rest of the day, except relaxing at my parents’ house. I can’t believe I haven’t been over here since Easter! Way too long if you ask me. 😉
Happy Saturday Everyone!