Picture this scene unfolding before your eyes. Two people churning through the waters neck and neck racing to a victorious end with the crowd cheering us on. Who will touch the edge of the pool first--Michael Phelps or me? It's an unbelievable contest with high stakes for the gold medal.
Okay, that was fake news--the reality is there are no crowds of people at the Oregon pool watching and certainly what transpires never looks like an all out sprint. What often happens is my easy warm up turns into a ferocious race as the nearby swimmer comes into my range of vision. Flip, turn and back to the opposite end churning the waters as fast as my arms can go and my legs can kick. First lap done and I am in the lead, second one he pulls ahead and now it is time to dig deeper and deeper one stroke after another, side by side until...
Nada, nothing, zip, diddily-squat because...
Unbeknownst to him, as he has absolutely no clue he's participating in a pseudo race, he flips over to do the backstroke and I take off realizing the contest is over. The backstroke vs. the crawl is not conducive to my nonexistent event, nevertheless I still swim off reveling in my triumphant (fake) win. Being sidelined from any competitive sport has forced my imagination to restore the drive to push myself to that next level even though the poor chap was simply out for an enjoyable swim completely oblivious to the maniac next to him.
These sometimes difficult, sometimes easy workouts have readied me for my first summer swim on June 28th at noon. It will be a two mile noncompetitive plunge in Lake Mendota starting at the Wisconsin Alumni Association dock (next to the Red Gym) in Madison.
Please join me on June 28th as a swimmer, kayaker or a cheerleader. The UW Carbone Cancer Center will profit from this swim along with the thousands of Stage IV women and men. Let's all get into the competitive spirit and beat this disease both in and out of the water.
On a side note, please follow my Facebook page, One Woman Many Lakes, for updates on weather or water conditions.
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