Yesterday, Micah and I went to Eagle Mountain Lake. I've been putting off swimming in open water my entire training. I was pretty nervous, and it wasn't even race day. The water was so cold. I probably spent about 10 minutes whining and just standing knee deep in the water on the boat ramp. I couldn't make myself get in. Then I decided to climb on an extra spidery ladder and go into the water that way. I eventually made it in the water, after much prodding from Micah. I decided to swim out a little bit in the cove, but I was pretty nervous. I didn't want to get hit by a boat that wasn't expecting a swimmer. It is Memorial day weekend after all. I swam a little bit and even put my head in the water for all the strokes. I was pretty proud of myself. I did better than I've ever did with putting my head in the water. I was pretty anxious but I got through it. Because of my anxiety I'm going to have to be sure to swim at a normal pace, and not wear myself out. I felt like I was swimming at little bit too fast.
I have a plan now for next Sunday. I'm going to get in the water before the race, have a freak out moment, and then I'm hoping I'll be much better. In the past races I've always hung back so that I don't get kicked in the face at the start. I think I'm going to stay closer to people so that I don't have to spot as much. I'll just follow the crowd.
Oh, dear I hope I don't drown.