While at my mom’s I got a phone call from MK asking if I was going to the swim clinic that was going on as part of the Triathlon. I said sure (that keeps happening…she says hey, let’s do something crazy…I say sure!!) All I had to do was finish a few things for my mom (undetermined amount of time), run home
(10 minute drive), get all my swim crap (is my swim suit in the washing machine?) and drive to the lake (40 minutes), oh and pull everything together for an outing I had that evening (what am I going to wear?)…how hard can that be?
<Insert flight of the bumblebee here!> I got home and ran around like a lunatic! In fact looking at the clock there was no way I was going to get to the swim clinic, I called MK who wasn’t having it, I believe she said something like “hurry the hell up!” Fine!! Yes, my swim suit was in the wash, it was clean, but not dry. Who cares, I’m about to get in a lake! Throw on some sweats; round up the rest of my swim stuff, swim cap, wetsuit, goggles and a few miscellaneous things.
Next, what to wear tonight. KB is getting married and Saturday night was the bachelorette party, I would not have time to go all the way home to get cleaned up and changed, but thankfully my office is very close to the lake and has full shower facilities.
Clothes and gear in hand, out the door I went. I got to the lake a few minutes late. MK was waiting and informed me there was a $20 fee, one thing to note about me, I NEVER carry cash. In fact the last time I had cash on me was when my wallet got stolen at the YMCA. MK covered the cost and five minutes later we were in the lake.
The clinic was great, I think it was about an hour and we learned a ton, including how to “sight” which was good since MK and I swim like drunken sailors in open water. In a pool you have these nice little lines on the bottom to follow, it’s somewhat difficult to get off track. In open water you can’t see more than about three inches in front of you face and all the green water looks the same! It is unbelievably inefficient to take your head completely out of the water and look around. So the nice lady running the clinic, who swims like a fish, taught us how to sight by only looking up far enough for our goggles to be out of the water, think alligator!
We also learned cool stuff like buoy turns, which could get fun if you’re swimming in a crowd. We also practiced getting run over. This may leave some of you scratching your head, but from what I’ve read, mass swim starts are full contact events, so knowing how to get run over without panicking is helpful.
After the clinic we picked up our race packets for the next day and went to the pre-event meeting. We had a very nice young man named Josh who explained how everything would work the next day.
After we were educated about the rules and where to be and when to be and how to be when we got there I headed to my office. I think our weekend crew, who don’t really know me, thought I was nuts, yea, take a number and get in line!
While the party was great, I’m pretty sure the 1am bed time did not work to my favor the next day!