Scheduling for the family and training this last couple weeks has been a challenge. Darren has had to put in some extra time, but we've been working together to ensure everything is done, at a minimum, anyway.
I couldn't get my open water swim in on Friday, so my alternative was a 1 mile open water swim race. Oiy! I signed up and did it. It wasn't without getting pretty nervous about it.
Here's the thing: In the pool I swim and breathe bilaterally. For whatever reason, in the lake, I have to breathe every other stroke. I don't know if it's because of the murky water that I need to lift my head out to see what's going on, but whatever the reason, that's what happens.
So I rolled with it. I would breathe every other stroke and sight on the 6th. I fell into a rhythm and it worked for me. My sighting was the best part of my effort. I was really pleased.
That said, I came around the last turn on the first lap and didn't trust myself. I saw another swimmer cutting across to go around a different bouy than the one I was sighting. I paniced and thought I was in the wrong place and started following her. Then I realized, "No! I am right!!" I had to back-track to go around the originally intended bouy, so as to avoid being disqualified. Anyway, my first lap was 19:55 for the 800 meters. My full 1 mile time was 40:28.
Had I not experienced the mis-navigation and trusted myself, I might have finished under 40! Even if it was 39:59, it still sounds better than :40 LOL
Just for comparison, my 800 m at Danskin last year was :27 minutes. my 800m split for this race was 19:55 -- I'd say there has been some improvement!
All in all a good event. I have a 2400 yd time trial on Friday in open water. Yeow!