I met Tracy Anne at 2pm. The sun was shining, the tide was out, and the water was calm. Walking to the waters edge decked out in all of our gear, passers-by gave us looks that we have become all too familiar with. The 'you two are crazy!' look. The 'you're not actually SWIMMING are you?' look. And the one I convince myself of, the 'I'm jealous! I want to do that too!' look. :)
Thermometer ready, I made my way in. Cautiously. I was waiting for the signal from my feet to reach my brain to tell me how much mental strength I was going need for this swim. And nothing happened. Confused, I went deeper. To waist height. Dropped the thermometer in, and looked back at Tracy Anne. I saw the same look on her face. Confusion and distrust of the signals she too was getting from her body. The water was WARM.....ISH. I pulled the thermometer out for a reading, and I couldn't believe what I saw. 15 DEGREES! -- "15 DEGREES!" I yelled! We were in shock, but thankfully it was the good kind. This was the predicted water temperature for Alcatraz - and we thought the water was WARM! Sweeet.
We swam 30 minutes and were all smiles when done. It was truly the PERFECT start to the season, and a HUGE confidence booster for Alcatraz.
We're back next weekend for more, and every weekend after for that matter, right up until we leave for San Francisco.
SO - If you happen to be walking down at Ambleside and see two people swimming laps in wetsuits and neoprene caps - I will assume you are watching us with the "I'm jealous, I want to do that too!" look. Which by the way, you CAN. Join us! Anytime Stay tuned :)