Two weeks ago (seems SO long ago) I participated in Swim for Life, which is a 2.5 mile open water swim to benefit the Puget Sounds Blood Center. Swimmers are on teams of 4 and each team is required to have a kayaker that you have to stay near as you swim. My team was a group of ladies I swim masters with and we were all just about the same pace. The event was on a Wednesday morning, and it happened to be a perfect day to swim across Lake Washington. Sunny, pretty calm, warm water temperatures - couldn't have asked for a better day. The swim took us 1:20, which was about 10 minutes faster than we predicted. Despite a little bit on elbow pain, I felt great the entire time. I rolled onto my back a couple times just to take it all in...being in the middle of the lake with Mt. Rainier starring down at you...it's something you don't get to experience often! Looking forward to doing this again next year.
As the swim ended, I rolled right into the start of Hood to Coast activities and didn't stop until Sunday night. Hood to Coast is the big event of the year for me at work and 4 months of planning paid off in a very successful, crazily fun weekend. I couldn't have asked for a better group of women and co-workers to do this relay with.
For the remainder of the year, no "big" races are on the calendar. The goal is to get to as many cyclocross races as my schedule allows, which right now it's looking at about 3-4. I don't actually train for CX, so I'm feeling a little strange without a grand plan for the next 4 months. I'll continue to go to Masters swim and run, but I think a break from real training will do me good.
This year is flying by because I've been on the move most of the year. Time to take a breather, enjoy the change in seasons and focus on staying healthy and somewhat in shape to get ready for what's to come next year.