I asked swimmers on the Utah Open Water and Salt Lake Open Water Facebook pages what their goals are for 2013. There were a lot of really great answers ranging from just staying healthy to completing specific events and increasing total miles swam.
As for myself, I've been thinking a LOT (maybe too much) about what I want to do this year. Last year ended up being kind of a weird year for me. My big goal for 2012 was to swim across Bear Lake. I started out doing really well and was putting in a lot of miles in the pool. I was able to post some of my fastest times at a meet early in the year because of how much I was training. Things were going really well, and then I had my freak-out in the Great Salt Lake. That experience kind of messed me up mentally for the rest of the year. I wanted to keep training for Bear Lake, but I started getting really anxious about cold water. As a result, my training went downhill and I didn't accomplish my goal to swim across Bear Lake. The year wasn't a total loss. I was able to assist Goody, Gordon and James on their big swims, help run the Great Salt Lake Open Water Swim for the second year, organize a swim camp, make a lot of new friends, swim from Antelope Island to Black Rock with Gordon, and help organize Salt Lake Open Water.
This year I am taking a different approach to swimming. Instead of worrying about how many miles I swim (or don't swim) or having a big swim to work toward, my goal this year can be summed up in two words: HAVE FUN! So much of 2012 was spent worrying that it stopped being fun. I don't ever want swimming to become a chore. I want to get back to what first got me interested in open water swimming: exploring new places and just enjoying being outside in the water.
That being said, there are quite a few events and swims that I want to do. Here is a tentative list:
- WFPBC New Year's Race - DONE!
- Bear Lake Swim
- Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim
- Slam the Dam
- Antelope Island to Black Rock
- Relay swim across Bear Lake
I mentioned earlier that I wanted to get back to exploring. I have a long list of places I want to check out (or revisit). Here is a small sample:
- Northern end of the Great Salt Lake where the water is even saltier and pink in color
- Green River
- Snake River (Idaho)
- Causey Reservoir
- Starvation Reservoir
- Lake Powell
With the formation of Salt Lake Open Water (SLOW), I am looking forward to spending 2013 developing our club and helping our swimmers in any way that I can. Our swim camp last year was a blast and I look forward to expanding the camp and making it even better. I also look forward to helping out with our local open water races (and possible starting new ones), swimming with old and new friends, and trying to introduce new people to the club and to open water swimming.
Oh, and I have a semi-secret writing project that I am hoping to finish by the end of the year as well...
So there's my plan for 2013. I would love to hear what your swimming goals are for the coming year.