Hey guys! So I finally have an open water swim in 2017 to report. It’s very sad but I haven’t been in the water much this year for a variety of reasons and I seriously considered whether I should do the Deer Creek swim at all. I know I had under-trained, which of course made me nervous. But as the days came closer I found I couldn’t give the tradition up and had to give it a go!
It all started early in the morning (6 am wake up call for me!) where I met up with my friend Jacqueline who was kind enough to volunteer to kayak for me. She is a very busy lady with her new restaurant business under-way so I was very touched she would give up her morning to help me.
One of the best things about the Deer Creek Swim is they require each swimmer to have a paddler. It gives you a personal cheering section. Plus, you have someone to hold water bottles and things like that.
My Dad also entered the race this year and he did a great job. This picture is one of my favorites of the two of us.
There were some struggles with the race. I was kind of annoyed because I couldn’t find my athletic swimsuit so I had to wear my cupped suit which isn’t as comfortable. I also had struggles with my cap and so my hair got in my face a lot.
I knew I would be slow but honestly when I was in the water I felt like I was making a pretty good pace. I had to do a lot of breaststroke because I kept getting water in my nose doing freestyle. This made me go slower but I tried my best to rarely completely stop. The first half mile was pretty slow and I think it took me almost an hour (yikes!) but then I picked it up for the second half and felt like I had a really strong second half mile.
My time checking in was very slow but at least I finished! My training wasn’t where it needed to be to get a faster time so I’m proud that I saw it through and crossed that finish line.
I am so grateful for the encouragement of my Dad, Jacqueline and all my swim friends. It has become a bit of a tradition at Deer Creek for everyone to cheer me on at the end (I’m always last!) and it is a very touching experience to know everyone is rooting for you.
So another race is in the books. That’s my 12th official race finish! It’s hard to believe I have been swimming open water that long. I hope for next year to be in better shape so the experience isn’t as taxing and my time is better but as for now I’m proud of myself. I did something hard and finished the race!
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It’s great to see a beautiful full figured lady like you so active! Congratulations on completing the race, you are an inspiration for everyone out there who is “bigger” than society seems to want to accept! 🙂