Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The waves were strong from the wind. And blowing, as they often do, towards the north west. So I knew my standard out-and-back swim was going to be much harder on the way back. I figured I'd take it easy for the out, and go short, then turn and hammer into the waves and wind.
Again with my prescription goggles, I could see EVERYTHING. One of the things that this new prescription gives me is much better depth perception (to the point that one rider in my car commented that my driving was off the first week with the new glasses). Everything looks like a 3-D movie to me-- hyper clear and deep. That included the underwater views. I felt like I was in a 3-D movie of space, with things floating in front of my face. Though there typcially isn't milfoil in space.
At one point, I thought I saw a dead fish floating near me in the water. I swam away as fast as I could, totally skeeved out. Then, as I paddled further, I realized that "fish" was most likely the reflection of my hands below the water on the surface of the water. Nothing like being creeped out by your own stroke!
I was going to do the full mile swim, but with the waves at my back, started to worry about exhaustion on the swim back. So I turned around a few yards early. The swim back was harder. But I got into a great rhythm and just swam. It felt smooth and though it was hard work, it was easy to keep going.
When I finished I took a quick shower in the outdoor shower at the beach. I realized how, after a hard workout like that, I am totally comfortable in my skin. There is no sense of embarrassment or body consciousness about wearing just a bathing suit in public. Instead of fretting about body hair or my tummy size, I felt strong, powerful, and graceful. It was a swan swim.