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.