Morning and Afternoon Swims at GSL

Today I will be swimming twice at GSL.  This morning I (kind of) swam with Gords and I will be meeting Rachel and Erin this afternoon.

------------------------------------------------Morning Swim--------------------------------------------------
As we were leaving his birthday party, Gordon asked if I wanted to come with him to swim at the marina this morning.  I told him I would but I was a little doubtful about how long I would be able to swim.  For anyone who hasn't been following the blog, I recently found out that my hypothyroidism has been making me more sensitive to the cold.  That combined with the mental hit I took after my experience with hypothermia have really taken their toll on me.  My doctor adjusted my medication and I have noticed a slight improvement.  I have also been working on mental training to try to get some of my confidence back.  It has been frustrating trying to train for the swims that I want to do and not be able to stay in the water as long as I want without panicking or getting cold.

I got to the marina this morning and met Gords in the parking lot.  I told him to go ahead and do his own thing because I didn't want him to have to tow me back to the marina if something happened.  I also knew that he would be doing at least 4 miles and I didn't think I would be able to stay in the water that long.  When I got in, the water was 61 degrees.  It didn't feel as cold as I expected, which was encouraging.  Once I got out of the marina it warmed up a little bit (Gords had readings between 64 and 65 degrees in the lake).

My goggles kept leaking and I had to keep stopping to fix them.  The water was beautiful!  I thought it was clear yesterday, but this morning was even better.  I could see the bottom of the lake for most of my swim.

I swam the one mile loop of buoys and felt pretty good.  I was slightly chilled at the end, but decided to go a little further and swam out the white buoy and back.  By that time I was starting to get cold and decided to head back in.  I ended up with 1.5 miles in 42 minutes (counting the many times I had to stop and fix my goggles).  I feel like a wuss when Gordon and Goody are swimming for hours at a time in sub 60 degree water and I can only make it 45 minutes before getting cold.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things get better.  I want to start doing more morning swims so that I can get some more exposure to lower temperatures.  Here is the link to my Hydro Tracker: http://www.finisinc.com/streamline/workouts/workout/view/4906

-----------------------------------------------Afternoon Swim------------------------------------------------

On my way out to the Great Salt Lake this afternoon, I got a call from Rachel.  Her tire had blown out on the freeway and she asked if I could help.  It's been a while since I changed a tire, but we managed to get the spare on and get her on her way home.

Chad near the end of our swim.
Chad and Etsuko were nice enough to wait for me at the marina.  Chad is really giving me a run for my money on wild suits, he had on a nice one today!  The three of us swam around the buoys outside of the marina.  Etsuko ending up swimming about a mile, which I think was her longest swim at GSL!  I though Chad and I swam 1.5 miles but, when I checked my Hydro Tracker, we ended up swimming a LOT further.  Check out the map:

Taking a break.  I've got to get one of those underwater MP3 players.

I was telling Chad that it would be cool to get a couple other open water races going.  He said he would put one together at Echo Reservoir if he had some help.  I offered him my help, and offer my help to anyone else who wants to organize an open water swim.

I'm looking forward to the FREE open water clinic we are putting on Thursday at 6:00pm at the marina.


Gords said...

Josh, don't you worry, I'm sure you're doing the best you can given what you have gone through. I sympathize with you entirely, and wish you a full and speedy recovery.

I was telling Cathi last night about a story where one of my high school buddies who was on the diving team was practicing his inward one and a half. He hit his face right on the edge of the board, broke his nose(at least what we thought) and there was blood everywhere. I was on duty lifeguarding and we got him in the room and got the bleeding stopped. He was adamant about just going home and we didn't see any major damage to prevent him from just going on his own. What did he do? He went back to diving. He didn't let that potentially traumatic event stop him.

I told her I was proud of you for doing the same thing. You're not letting that incident or condition keep you out of the water. Although you do need to be smart and realize there is a point where mental power can't completely overcome physical conditions. So I don't question or blame you one bit. You're still THE MAN.

Josh said...

Thanks Gords! That means a lot coming from you.

Etsuko said...
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Etsuko said...

You two swam all the way to Thailand while I only made it to Japan and visited my family!

Chad Starks said...

WOW that was a heck of a swim! I too am glad you have kept going in your swimming adventures. if there is ever anything I can do to help, Please let me know!

Etsuko said...

Thank you!

Rachel Wagner. said...

Thanks for your help with my tire. One more reason to not swim alone! You're example of persevering through challenges motivates all around you. Sometimes its frustrating when we are trying to do something so good that God sends us challenges. I've felt that in my quest to lose weight and deal with my chronic pain. What doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. Thanks for being my friend. You're awesome!

Rachel Wagner. said...
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Rachel Wagner. said...

Wouldn't it be awesome if there was an open water race in Lake Powell? That would be super fun.

I'd be more than willing to help in any planning or work to put any additional swims on.

Josh said...

No problem Rachel, I'm glad that I was nearby to help with your tire.

A Lake Powell swim would be very cool. There is a swim vacation held there that is put on my Martin and Borut Strel. I would love to go sometime.

There are a couple new events in the works for next year...stay tuned!