DOH! Daiquiri Deck Tropical Splash Swim. Not desk! DOH!
I'm too tired to think but I did okay for my first open water swim. I didn't get attacked by a shark so that is a win! I came in first in my age group and third overall. Not too bad. I only did the 1K Swim. I was a bit nervous since I've never done any open water swim and didn't know how to spot and all that. I think if I had a few gulf/ocean swims before today I would have done a bit better. I couldn't tell how far things were away from me. So I was going slow but steady. Just trying to stay on course and not get attacked by a shark. Actually the shark thing wasn't in my mind. All I did think about was staying on course. I started off with almost a water polo stroke. But then calmed down a bit. Keeping to a looksie every 4 strokes and by the end every 8. They didn't even give me a fun number. 65 WTF? I also gotta say that I don't think I ever want to do another open water swim. The sand and salt water is nasty. People are all over the place. I got hit, pushed, kicked, cut off...grrr. I was about to make my hands into fists and go all windmill on a few folks. I really don't know why anyone would want to do open water. Waves splashing all over. Fishes. Sharks. Salt Water. I am a pool guy.
Here is a slideshow of pictures of the beach from the day before and just 4 or so from the day of the race.
I've been bitching and moaning at myself for not being motivated enough at swim practice. So I entered the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic from October 14 - 16. Check it out at rowdygainesclassic.com. Anyways since I paid for this meet I better work hard the next month. I also didn't sandbag my times too much. I just rounded up a smudge. That way even if I continue my slow swimming I will have to work hard to make my entry times. Oh god, I should have sandbagged them even more. I'm nervous now. Hopefully this will motivate me in Swimtember!
Wahoo I'm a Boy! Anyone over 20 who uses boy to describe them needs to be slapped but for today I was a boy. Boys 40-44! Ha! Yeah, I sandbagged my entry. I never swam a 50 in a long course pool. Well not since the 70's. Woah. That time sucked. It sucked so much my camera couldn't stand looking at it and cut off my time. Yeah, I sucked today. Wahoo! Default! I'm getting use to winning by default. That's two weekends in a row. Hmm...I'm getting slower but this lack of swimmers in Central Florida is allowing me to phone it in!