So Darren and I headed out to Gullivers Lake this morning and arrived at 8:00… only to find our numbers had grown from 2 people to 3 people… a 50% improvement from last weekend! Bill Johnson (of Mel and Bill fame!) was already there! I naturally assumed that Mel had dragged him along, but the came of his own volition and was rarin’ to go! No foxes this weekend, but went down were they had been and got changed… and checked the water temp… not surprisingly the weather we had this week didn’t exactly warm things up… in fact it was colder… 55F / 12C / 🙁 . But we soldiered on. Actually Bill and Darren were both quite warm, Darren had the whole 9 yards again… wetsuit, neoprene cap, mits, booties… Bill had the regular wetsuit and 2 latex caps. I did my usual speedo, cap and googles (makes the bag much lighter). I said I would like to do 2 laps (2 km) for sure, maybe even 3 or 4, but that’s what I said last week too… and could only handle 2 laps. Maybe there is something to this “training” stuff… or maybe I’m getting mentally tougher… or maybe all that cold water just kills brain cells… whatever the reason I was able to do 3 laps today, Bill did 3 as well and Darren did a very comfortable 2 laps.
I was shaking pretty hard when I got out, so much so that we got Darren to take the pics as I couldn’t hold my hand anywhere near steady. Good news is that we hopped in the car and I was toasty warm by the time we got home. (but I did have a hot tub when I got home, just for good measure!). A good time was had by all, so hope to see more of you out there next weekend and keep it growing! I’ve coaxed my daughter Maisey to come and lifeguard / swim with me for at least part of it tomorrow, but I’m not sure when we are going as I said I’d let her sleep in on her one morning she doesn’t get up early to swim with OAK… and since I’m going to do 10km / 10 laps. Now that I’m swimming outdoors, I think it might kill me to go back in and do 10k at the YMCA! Don’t worry, I’m not doing it “naked”… I’m wearing a wetsuit tomorrow!