On Tuesday of this last week, I completed my second 6 hour training swim. This time I swam at Kits pool. I got in at 7:15, right at the morning rush. It's not too busy...not at all like the evenings, but there is about an hour where the smart people squeeze their works outs in before heading to the office. I swam for three hours straight, took a ten minute break to get some sunscreen and a bite to eat. Then I was back in for another three hours.
In general, the swim felt pretty good. I was absolutely tired after six hours and 19,800 meters. Compared to the last six hour I felt quite achy. My shoulders are not what they were five months ago. I have more pain and pinching on the right, but the left still feels weak. I have been stretching and keeping up with my exercises, but I will need to step it up with physio. Unfortunately I cannot afford to make physiotherapy a regular task but I do the best I can. We will see on Tuesday how everything is looking.
Yesterday, three days after the six hour swim, I met some friends at Spanish Banks West for a light ocean swim. And no - I didn't actually do a tanker turn. This is where you swim out to a tanker and use the boat as a wall to do your flip turn. In fact, I haven't ever actually done this but we swimmers like to joke about it. Perhaps there is a small handful crazy enough to have this checked off on their bucket lists. We swam out to the mile marker and back. On our way out we almost got in the way of a couple seadoo's, which would have been deadly with the evening glare. The water was thick. I couldn't see my own hand in front of me No this wasn't because of the red tide. When the tide comes in at the banks the water moves very quickly. There is a massive current and sand and dirt are stirred up, making it look like the Fraser River.
After a short little break we headed back and managed to avoid danger. About half way back we stopped to check for boats, and instead we saw a massive silver seal. It didn't look like a seal at first. It's nose was straight up in the air and it almost looked like a huge bowling pin. The seal bobbed in the water like this and after a couple of minutes disappeared. Believe it or not, two of us (myself included) are afraid of sea life. We all swam a little closer together for a little while heading back into the swim zone.
Overall, the ocean swim was great! I am trying to say 'Yes' to all ocean swim opportunities from now on. I had to do a little more backstroke than usual to loosen up the shoulders, but it was nice to get in there. And again the water was just so warm. Here's hoping it stays that way. A little over a month to go now and I am hoping for good news from my physiotherapist and more sunny days to keep that ocean warm!