Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Every single time I have been to Donner Lake I have always wanted to swim either the length or the width.  When I first started open water swimming many years ago I had it in my mind that I would do the Donner Lake swim.  In all the times I've gone though, I've never swam more than about 50 yards.  It always seemed choppy late in the day and I was always too chicken to swim in that cold water in the cold morning.

This trip I decided to not be a chicken!  I asked my nephew Hayden if he wanted to head out with me early in the morning and paddle along side me while I swam the width of the lake and back, which works out to be roughly 1.2 miles.  He was done and so we went for it.

When I stepped into that water it was CHILLY so I just dove it and started to swim.  I figured by the time we got to the other side and had to turn around I would be tired and wouldn't really want to swim back.  I was not!  In fact, when I was done, I could have gone again!!  It felt so good to get out there in that lake and challenge myself.  I've definitely developed a whole new attitude where I love pushing myself to my limits.

Now I'm really excited for the two other open water swims I have coming up this summer!

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