31 March 2007

An Honest 10 Miles

Today Paul Springer of the South End and my friends Alisa and Carla made the trek out to Lake Del Valle to do a 4 hour training swim. Paul provided the 2-person kayak and Alisa and Carla paddled for Paul and I as we swam the entire length of the lake and back again (10 miles).

The water temperature was about 60 degrees and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Everything went smoothly after Alisa and Carla got used to kayaking for swimmers and after I found my groove swimming in fresh water.

I felt good the whole way, in fact my muscles didn't even start hurting at all until about 3 hours and 25 minutes. Then I could feel my lats, but my shoulders were still OK.

I fell asleep in the car on the way home and then again for 2 hours once I was home. When I woke up about 8 p.m. I realized that if this was the channel, I would still be swimming.

THANK YOU to Paul for providing the kayak and for being a great swim partner. Congratulations on your longest swim ever!

THANK YOU to Carla and Alisa for doing a great job as pilots and crew.


Anonymous said...

Jessica, you are my hero. Slow, but sure to France.

Carla said...

Alisa and I were kayak-challenged at first but we got the hang of it... eventually. And the TCBY afterwards was unparalleled!

Christine said...

Great job Jessie! Wish I could have been there. Sounds like you are almost ready for the big day.

alisa said...

Thanks for the fun day, Carla and Jessica and Paul. Let's open a TCBY here.