I dipped my hand in the water, it was cool but didn't feel cold. I got ready with bright yellow silcon swim hat, googles, set the watch and ran across the dock and dived in. brrrrrrr it was cold, it took my breath away. I kept swimming, my goggles fogged up pretty quickly but I assumed they'd clear once the air temperature inside cooled to meet the water temps. The first lap went well, turning aroun the far bouy, I noticed how much of a swell there was, it was actually quite choppy for a recessed lake. First lp 12;15, new training best, second lap 13:07, third lap 14:08
By the time I'd done the 3rd lap, I could feel my calfs tightening and likely to cramp, So I climbed up the ladder and got out. It was really cold by then...
Running news: I'll never be fast, but I need to be steady. Although I cut my long short short last night and stopped the town lake part short at the Lamar Footbridge, I did 7 1/4-miles with an easy average of 10-minute miles. Yep, I know thats barely running, more like jogging. But if I can keep steady and keep that pace up over a 1/2 Marathon and then a marathon, theres some hope I could do it over an IM distance run and hopefully sub 4:30 which would be just what I need for a sub 14 IM Distance race in 2009.
Next up: Saturday am. is the Buddy Du with mstoonces we are team "What no swim?" - Saturday pm its Bond time, Tux, bowtie and a load of ex-pats, after that it's finally time to go enjoy Alesandro Escavado at Antones. Sunday am. I'm hoping to do the ATC 5-mile hilly route again followed by a brick run. Another busy w/e in paradise.