Last night, believe it or not, I was like a kid before the first day of school. Correction, I was like *me* as a kid before the first day of school. I often had trouble sleeping the night before the first day of the school year. I was having that problem last night.
Anyway, for those of you who like to see the bling, this year's CSG medal is cooler than the last two years, in my humble opinion. Check out the cut out:
I added my Boston wristband and my Support Our Troops wristband to my swim costume, since they are both plastic / waterproof... and left my Hero bracelet (metal) at home. The conditions were perfect... water smooth as glass. Warm but not overly hot in the ambient air.
There were clouds out in the distance. They held us for five minutes to ensure there was no visible lightning, and gave us the warning about monitoring the storm and if we heard the air horn, swim for the nearest shore. The warning was not needed. We finished the swim without incident. By the way? The lake in the background photo is the one we swam in... and the water temps were lovely.
I finished slower than last year, because I was just relaxing into it. There was one total new to open water swimmer who finished behind me... halfway in, she was having trouble navigating, and the kayaks came and guided her, same as they did me a year ago. These support folks rock, people!
Now, the bike tires are checked. It and the helmet are in the car, as is the sunscreen. The camelback is packed, and I've had my breakfast a bit early. This is a "non-competitive" event, it's a just go and enjoy the ride deal. But it will be the first time I've taken Brenda Starr Trek out on the highway. At the distance I have chosen (bronze distance - 27.9 miles) I will be going better than twice the distance today, compared to the bike leg of the triathlon a week from today. A good prep event for me.
Wish me luck, and fun. Life's good. Spark a great day!