We had an incredible swim on Thursday of last week, even though I thought it was going to be terrible! I was feeling tired after a long day, and wasn't really in the frame of mind for 'training'. When we arrived at the water's edge, Fishermen were lining the beach throwing nets and lines, the seal was doing its regular patrol laps, and there was lots of debris floating around that we would need to avoid. Ugh. It was going to be a 'hard' swim after all, but at least the water was WARM.
Tracy Anne and I mapped out a route that would (hopefully) avoid the fishing-lines, dead-heads and most of the other debris. Goggles tightened and a quick nod to one another, we set out. The tide was coming in so our lap out to the Haida Welcoming Totem was FAST. On our way back we stopped a number of times to laugh - we were HARDLY moving at all! On one of these occasions, our 'other' swim companion, the Ambleside Seal, popped up to say 'hello', almost simultaneously Tracy Anne shouted 'Look up!' and I did. Two bald eagles flew directly over us, close enough we could make out enough detail to be in shock and awe, then I noticed directly in the sky towards Grouse Mountain, a Rainbow! I pointed it out and all we could do was laugh in disbelief. Did all of that really just happen? HOLY CRAP! We were in a Disney movie! Spectacular!!
We swam next towards the farthest swimming buoy's (west), and within seconds of reaching it, were already being carried back east towards shore and the jetty (Haida Totem). FAST. After we had been carried about 25m, we swam back to the same buoy, then decided there had been enough excitement for one night. The sun was setting anyway.
The things I love most about ocean swimming are exactly all of the things that happened on Thursday night. No two swims are ever alike. Nothing is predictable, and I ALWAYS get out happier than when I got in. ALWAYS. So awesome.
After this 'Disney movie' swim a new rating system of "Seals, Eagles & Rainbows" has been developed that will forever be used to describe our time in the ocean :) .