Betsy Owens Memorial Swim

I couldn’t sleep.  I had tossed and turned all week, why should today be any different?  If I lay on my side, my shoulders hurt.  If I lay on my back, my legs would twitch.  I looked at the clock. 4:00 am.  Might as well go to Masters.

Really?  You’re going to race today, though.  It’ll be a nice warm up, I convinced myself.  And besides, the only reason I had signed up for the race was because I had kind of thought that Masters would be cancelled.  I had grabbed two friends for the ride to Lake Placid for the 2 mile swim, and convinced myself that I could have fun even if it was a race.  By the time I had figured out that Masters wasn’t cancelled, I had already registered.  I was committed.

Unfortunately, I did not have the time to commit my body to race mode that week.  And by Saturday I was uncharacteristically sore and tired and dehydrated and kind of ill from it all.  I had left my energy in my steel-toed boots under my desk at work.  I hoped to find it again when I returned to work on Monday.

Not only did I not have time to commit my body to race mode, I didn’t have time (or perhaps I just lacked the focus and clarity) to commit my mind, either.  And I realized that I didn’t even know how to get to Mirror Lake as I was driving to pick up Emily after Masters.  Not only did I not know how to get to Mirror Lake, I grossly underestimated the time it would take to get to Emily’s house.  And I was already late before I even began.

Late.  After waking up at 4 am.

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SWIM the Sound

I can remember reading about Swim Across the Sound for the first time in the Summer of 2011, before my first 10 mile swim.  I clicked on the link online and my heart leapt in my chest – I was just so excited!  It was perfect!  15 miles.  A saltwater swim.  AND… ESPECIALLY… a fundraiser to benefit cancer patients and their families.  It was something that meant so, so much to me and I hadn’t been able to find another fundraising swim like it.  So I was thrilled.  Ecstatic!  Ready to sign up!

…Until I saw the time limit.  And my world fell, briefly.  I couldn’t swim that fast.  But you know me, I’m only ever sad for a moment before I start just trying to figure out my next step.  I can get faster.  There must be a way to get faster.

Kingdom Swim came and went, and I found myself getting a lot of help on my technique and my speed.  I signed up for Swim the Sound, pretty close to the day the registration opened, I think.  And I was so excited when I was accepted!  I think my quote was, “This is the best life, ever!”

I was going to Swim Across the Sound!

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