I got all prepared by:
1. Soaking my wetsuit the day before. I don't know if any of you ever tried this, but trying to squeeze into a new wetsuit that hasn't been worn for a LONG time is asking for trouble. Believe me...I know!
2. Cutting my fingernails. I don't want any accidental rips in my wetsuit b/c of my stupid nails! I don't paint them anyways, so it's not a big deal for me to keep them short during my tri training.
3. Grabbing my lube. Wetsuit lube that is! :) Trislide is awesome. You just spray it on and you're good to go!
The place I swim at, Grant Ranch, is awesome! It is a lake that belongs to a housing community so it is always clean, well maintained, and warmer than the other places around Denver. Also, I have access to the locker rooms and showers, which is great for when I'm done swimming. There are buoys set up for a 1/2M triangle and a 1M triangle, which is great for training.
|Some swimmers getting ready to head out into the lake|
Originally, I had it set in my mind that I was only going to do the 1/2M loop because it was my first time doing an OWS AND the first time in my new wetsuit. For the last 2 years, the first time I did an OWS I almost always panicked in some way. But, on this day, I felt the calmest I have ever felt. I WAS READY!
I started swimming and immediately found my groove. I never panicked, not once!!! I got to the middle triangle of the 1/2M loop and decided I was going to swim the whole 1M loop instead! I know this sounds lame, but I was sooo excited for myself! I was so happy and was literally swimming with a smile! :)
I made it back to shore feeling awesome! And, although I only swam 1M, knowing that I didn't panic and didn't have to stop to compose myself, gave me a little flicker of hope that I WILL BE O-KAY for the 2.4M swim at IMAZ! I cannot wait till I can get out there and swim again!!