I was meeting a friend after work one day. We had a swim planned. I messaged her to tell her that I was running late. It had been a long day and I was leaving work late. I almost got to the exit to drive to the estuary. I suddenly blanked and missed the exit. Unfortunately, my exit was the last one before a 9 mile bridge. I took an unexpected tour of the bridge. Thankfully, there wasn’t much traffic and it only made me about 10 minutes late.
We did our swim, half-heartedly, since we were both exhausted. After the swim, I realized that since I forgot my coverup, I could just go home wearing the long tshirt I had been wearing. I couldn’t get my leggings on damp legs.
About halfway home, I realized that I would have to get from my car to the house with no pants on! I phoned home. One daughter suggested that I park in the driveway, since it would be a short distance to the door. The other daughter suggested that I wait in the car until she could bring me pants. Both valid suggestions. I phone a coworker so she could get a laugh at me sitting in my car with no pants. She suggested that I wear my towel in. Duh. I was so tired that I didn’t even think of that myself.
I am still training for my 1.5 mile swim in early October. Until this week, all of my training has been in the pool.
I grabbed a friend and we set off to get me back into the open water. I had a little trouble with the swim watch, but my friend had hers going. We actually did .66 miles. It was a slow pace, but we were out there!
As many of you know, I struggle with the gym part of bookworm at the gym. I used to sign up for races and events all the time to keep myself motivated. All of the events were canceled with the pandemic, or postponed, or became virtual events. Motivation flew out the window. With the gym and pool closures, it became even more difficult to inspire motivation.
I have two friends who regularly do events with me. One does running and the other does swimming. They keep me moving. Sometimes literally. In the last few weeks, we’ve discussed going back to doing events. This week, we pushed each other. I am signed up for a 10k a year from now. I am signed up for a 1.5 mile open water swim in September. I have goals again!
The swim is a fundraiser, and I’ve posted my fundraising page below, if anyone is interested in sponsoring my swim. I have already made the minimum amount required to swim, so anything after this is just pushing me into wave maker status.
I am so disappointed that pools aren’t open yet. I was so thrilled when my gym opened, but then I found out that the pool wouldn’t be open for a long time, still. Here’s a little pep talk from some swimmers and unfortunately, their pool is a little too far away for me to swim in regularly. I can’t wait to get back in the pool.
I swam with Susan Helmrich for Swim Across America a few times. I was so excited to see that she was speaking with the author of a book about swimming, Why We Swim, Bonnie Tsui. I look forward to getting a hold of the book.
The above linked article is an interview with young swimmers who swim Alcatraz. So many of the things that are discussed are things that I have experience with on my bay swims. These young swimmers have done so much more than I will ever do, but some of the swims are on my bucket list.
I’ll get back to them sooner or later. I do miss the open water and cold.
The above linked article talks about one woman’s experience with swimming in the San Francisco Bay. I want to get back to it, for many of the reasons she talks about in it. I am making mini progress, but I want to get back at it soon.
I don’t know why so many articles about sharks keep popping up for me. I figure I’d post them above, since they are interesting, especially to me who swims in the open water. I tend to stay in the bay, and the sharks there are small bottom-feeders, but they still are on my mind.