2017, Discipline, Excitement, Family and triathlon, Ironman Raleigh 70.3, Success, Swim Bike Run, Triathlete, Triathlon

Swimming in Jordan Lake!

SUCCESS!! Slaying dragons this year- I love the growth opportunities in this sport. 

I knew I needed some help with open water swimming. Chasing the black line in the pool, hitting the wall to turn, and being in shallow water is SOOOO different than being in a wide open lake. I attended my first open water swim clinic this past weekend despite being extremely nervous and tied in a knot. The Raleigh Half is creeping up and now there’s a bib number!

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The lower temps in Jordan scared me. The wetsuit scared me. The thought of not seeing in the water (or *seeing* into the water) scared me. What if I floated away? Is that possible? I did it – in a wetsuit! in cold-er/ish water, 71 degrees. Not warm, but not ice cubes either. Getting my face in and keeping it in the water was def a challenge for a while but I got it!

I also ran into a colleague from a former job a few years back and now we are tri buddies! You never know how life is going to circle back around. We are swimming together this Saturday – she’s doing the full IM in Lake Placid in July, so she’s got some time. I can’t imagine pushing toward a goal that size, especially with work & kids. Go girl, go!

I did it last weekend and I’m doing it again this weekend! And just in a few days of hot weather this week the temperature is 76-77 degrees already. That’s a massive jump in a very short time. At this rate I won’t need the wetsuit for the real swim. I’m hoping! Didn’t get any pics last time but maybe I can this weekend.

I found out yesterday that there was a drowning out at Jordan Lake this weekend. Water is so powerful in so many ways. It can hold you up, it can drown you. It’s soulful and challenging and therapeutic all at once. It’s a very interesting juxtaposition of concepts & ideas.


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