Yesterday’s inaugural open water swim(OSM) did not go as smoothly as planned. That’s too mild…it sucked. However, today is a new day and that means getting right back on that pony! Drove right back up to the ocean today for a rematch with the mighty Atlantic!
My biggest mistake of the day was before the workout even began-I arrived before the lot attendant called it a day so I ended up forking over $8 for parking. C’est La Vie!
Arriving at the beach during primo beach hours was quite the spectacle. Sunbathers galore during the hottest part of the day and here I come strolling onto the scene with my full wetsuit on. I didn’t want to scare the children so I didn’t put the cap and goggles on till splashdown in the ocean! BTW- any New Englanders ever notice that people you meet at the beach are so much nicer than strangers you meet everywhere else? Maybe this is just a New England thing…
My swim workout was much better than yesterday’s in both distance and comfort. Don’t get me wrong-I wasn’t at a great pace but I was thrilled that I showed IMPROVEMENT! The self-doubts from the swim portion are not as strong now. There may be a tiny, tiny, tiny lingering doubt somewhere in my thick head but it is much smaller than the previous day(self-doubt, not my head)!
Another win today was remembering my Body Glide and using quite a bit. No friction burns today and the wetsuit came right off. WIN!
Next up was my first time cycling the course I will be racing. I drove the course yesterday and today I was pumped to be cycling it today. My plan- take it easy on the bike today so I can get a feel for the terrain. I’d do a decent pace but I wouldn’t attack any of the course.
The first few miles and the last few miles are incredible- on RT 1A that hugs the coastline for incredible ocean views. There were plenty of other cyclists along this route, every one of them giving a friendly wave that I returned. Deep down, I wonder if each person I see is signed up for this race and they are the competition. Hmmm… you never know.