|Heading to the dock with swim buoys.|
|Destination: that little tiny island a mere 1.8 miles away!|
After maybe 20 minutes or so, Jeff Spencer came up by Jet ski and asked me to try heading more towards the right of the island. It was like I had an internal compass that only wanted to go to the left of the destination! No matter what I did I kept drifting towards the far left of the main group. I was lucky to have a kayaker near me at all times which really helped me feel safe since this was my first lake swim of this type of distance.
The water wasn't too bad...temperature was great and there was very little chop. My only problem was that the island destination was like an Oasis mirage...it just never seemed to get any closer. There were even a few moments where it seemed like I wasn't even moving forward in the water. I was so relieved to finally finish and even though I wasn't overwhelmingly tired I don't think I would have wanted to do the return trip. I got into the return boat and was surprised that we didn't head immediately back. That's because there were still a few people swimming...which means I WASN'T LAST!!!
My time for the 1.8 miles was approx. 1 hour 4 min. My previous longest non-stop swim was at the One Hour Postal Swim in January where I swam about 2950yd in the 1 hour. This was a great confidence builder for me around open water swimming. I owe my friends a lot of thanks because they reassured me and encouraged me to give it a try.