The gun goes off and I am immediately in the lead and swimming toward the first Red buoy, all is good. I usually don't have to sight too often, so my head went back down for about 20 strokes and then, I looked up and could not see the red buoy. Nothing new, but the next time I sighted, and the next, and the next, I could never find the Red buoy. Uh oh! So I ended up taking everyone off course. Finally I saw some splashing up ahead and was relieved, thinking it was the guys and I was on track. But then the splashing was getting closer and closer, opps, they were headed towards us after already going around the first buoy! (they had a 3min head start.) So, all of a sudden, I took a hard 90' left turn and eventually got around the first buoy. I guess the spectators on the beach were getting a kick out of this...they said we totally looked like a 'school of fish' suddenly changing direction in unison. Rounded the buoy, now find the next one. Again, for the life of me, I could not find the buoy. I was blindly swimming towards who knows where?? I even stopped and did a few breastrokes and cleared my googles (on several occasions), I never have to do that, what was wrong with me????!!! Eventually, a boat comes up and hollars, 'derecho', which means right, so I veer to the right. Totally off course, again, they finally come catch up to me, and then I see the Red buoy, way off to my left, argh! Finally make it around there, and YAY, I can see the red buoy on the beach. Finally, I took a straight line to a buoy and ran around it on the beach. Dove back in and was ready for lap #2. I was much more efficient and swam a decently straight line to all the buoys. Coming around the last one, I passed Kelly, and finally took the lead on the swim, to pop up on beach as the first swimmer. For the first time in my life, I was actually glad the swim was over :)
|Here's a look at how I swam...Lap #1 I swam the black line. Lap #2 = much better!|
A huge congrats to all the other girls out there and to Kelly, Kate, and Annie for finishing on the podium. It was a tough day all around and a great way for us all to kick off our 2011 Season! Thanks to Rev3 for putting on such an awesome event at a great destination!