In my quest to psychologically prove I can do the Ironman distance sports in each of their distances, I decided to sign up for the Canyon Lake AZ Open Water Swimming Series Race - a small group of people that get together in AZ to swim various distances in open water. This particular race had a 1000 meter, 2000 meter and 4000 meter distances. When I saw that I could do what amounts to a Ironman distance open water swim, in wetsuit, with buoys, medical support, etc. for $30 in my backyard, I jumped at the chance!
The course was a big 1000 meter triangle. 4 laps for those of us doing the 4000.
I had some idea of my time - I had swam 3500 meters in a pool on Wednesday so I thought I would be somewhere in the 1.5 hour range. I came out of the water at 1:34:17 and 19/23 in my Open Mens group. The two high school boys got out at 3 laps.... Joel came in 17th at 1:14 and Jason at 1:45. A lot of fun and good practice.