|My first swim race shirt :3|
Also of concern, the temperature. It was 62 degrees that morning, but thankfully the water temps was actually higher than the air temp and not an issue at all.
The biggest problem for me, though, was navigating through the waves. The half mile distance is not so bad since I was swimming upwards to 1 mile in practice, but for the last two months, this has mainly been in very very cooperative waters of Corona Del Mar State Beach and a very not surfy Santa Cruz Main Beach. I stood there for about half an hour staring at the waves, trying to find an "in" to navigation, but was mostly numbed by the terror of the surfs themselves.
|Uh oh... wtf are those? (What, WAVES?!)|
The rescue itself was kind of amusing now that I'm thinking back to it. The lifeguard handed me the orange rescue flotation device, and I got knocked off of it through a crash (but I hung onto the rope for life!) and he scolded me for letting go, then apparently I was holding onto it the wrong way... all while I was trying not to get strangled by the rope connecting him to the flotation device, and finally two more life guards on a jet ski came around and I got on board for the short and ungracious ride back to the beach before they went back to to do their job.
Crossing the fantasy of getting rescued by hot lifeguards off my list. One because I did not actually notice if any of them were hot since I was busy being saved, and two, the romance is out when you get dropped off with no good night kiss (just kidding!) Lucky for me they were there, and I was thankful I did not have to flail/swim back instead.
Discouraging, indeed. Two people consoled me back on the beach but I still felt quite deflated.
I will have to change my training strategy if I am to succeed at the Tiki Swim (also has a beach rough water start). One is to swim faster, and two, to actually swim at Huntington Beach to navigate the waves. I was not actually SINKING before I asked for the rescue, but it was evident to everyone that I was not actually moving forwards and the waves (as small as they were) terrified me. I would have to get a lot more comfortable rough waters....