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!