The past couple of weeks have been really choc full for me. Lots of driving, working, meeting athletes for training sessions, and so on. Last week I averaged 6 hours of sleep from Monday until Saturday night which is not enough for me over that many days. I turn into a shell-shocked bleary-eyed version of myself which will stare at you blankly and mumble things like, "Huh?"
Despite that, the swim races went well. I am really happy to be part of bringing some new events to town. Swimming has been an important part of my life for most of it, and I'm glad to share this passion with everyone.
We had almost 200 people swim on Saturday morning. The course started with a beach start, then 150 yards out, then north for 600 yards, across for 100, then south for 600. The 1 milers turned the initial buoy to finish while the 2 milers did a 180 and headed back onto the course.
I was on my surf racing paddleboard to lifeguard and watch for any swimmers in distress. We only had one real issue - a talented local triathlete cramped up badly on the 2nd lap and I was able to get to him in just a few seconds. He was OK but his legs were both cramping, making swimming impossible.
The swims are getting some both talented and new swimmers into the open water swimming world, which is the mission.
Thanks to all the volunteers, guards, and rescue personnel who helped out.
This weekend we are off to Ocean Isle with a few of our friends for a beach weekend, which I am looking forward to. I will have to work but I can do that sitting on the deck.