So, Sunday morning I was looking up some information about places to do some open water swimming and just happened to see an advertisement for an OWS race in Tempe Town Lake, where the IMAZ swim will be. It turns out that DCB adventures, which hosts a lot of open water swim races throughout AZ was doing a make-up race!!! I got so excited and contacted the race organizers right away to see if I could do it last minute and they said, "Come on down!" Woohoo!
I thought this was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up because 1) I'd get to swim part of the IMAZ course 2) I'd get to test out the water temp. and see if I needed to purchase a neoprene cap/booties and 3) I'd get to practice swimming in my wetsuit again, which I haven't been able to swim in since Sept. b/c all the open water swim places close in CO b/c the water just gets too cold.
I got all of my stuff together, packed up some shovels for the boys to play with in the sand, and headed towards Tempe Town Lake. My husband got the boys set up in the sand while I registered. It was a little pricey ($50 for the race and $15 for a 1day US master's pass), but in my mind it was well worth the money!
|I was # 173|
The race had a 4000m, 2000m, and 1000m swim. I would have liked to have done the 4000m, but it started earlier in the morning and I couldn't make it to the lake on time. So, I opted to do the 2000m swim. Before I knew it, it was time to get in the water. The announcer said the temp. was around 62 degrees! Brrr!!! I stepped in and it was pretty cold at first. I didn't want to put my face in the water, but knew I needed to before the race started. So, I just went for it! It was a shock at first, but it actually wasn't that bad. In my mind I thought it was going to be soooo much colder than it was, and I was so relieved that is wasn't.
There were about 15-20 people doing the 2000m race and we all made out way out to the bouys. The announcer counted down from 5, then we were off! Everyone pretty much took off in front of me, but I eased myself into the swim. One thing I DID NOT want to do was go out too hard because this was not a "race" to me, but just a practice swim. It felt weird swimming in my wetsuit, and again I was thankful to have this opportunity.
Overall, the swim went pretty well! I didn't really feel that cold during the swim, but my little toes did start to go a little numb towards the end. Since I'll be doing 2X this distance on Sunday, hopefully my toes won't go completely numb, but I don't think they will (fingers crossed!). :)
|Happy to be done! That's the Mill Ave. bridge behind me where I'll be swimming under on Sunday!|
Oh, and look at the cool stuff I got! I was just happy being able to swim at TTL, but getting cool swag is always fun! :)
* A great bag
* A new water bottle
* An awesome pint glass that we got when we finished!