Date: Monday May 30th, Memorial Day
Water: 60-64 Degrees
I am excited to swim today, no more first swim of the spring jitters, Green River Reservoir is buzzing with activity, Vermont has had a long wet spring and it seems that ” everyman and his dog”,( that means in Kiwi that there are heaps of people) are out and about today drinking in the great out doors and the novelty of sunshine.
Today’ route is 2 laps around Blueberry Island with an hour of swimming and feeding practice. I am lotioned up with factor 85 SPF ready to go, hmm maybe worth popping on a little baby oil just to give me that edge over any thoughts of cold ( it helps me mentally and the smell is familiar and cozy, like a fuzzy soft baby blanket, yes definitely oil on today). Paula hooks me up and slops on the oil, with that I slither on into the water……I dive under and am off, I feel GREAT today, I am so pleased.
Paula and I are soon upon Blueberry Island, I can feel the water temperature warm as I approach the shallow water of the island, now I recognise the familiar trees and can see the bottom, I like it there. Lap 1 complete and a 25 second feed, that is 30 minutes down we are off again and it is soon time for feed number 2, my feed has been travelling along on the top of the kayak just behind ” Cat Stanley”, it is in a pop top container that is duct taped to a rope, when it is time for me to ” gulp’ngo” Paula throws me the container, only this time the feed has been sitting in the sun, it is luke warm and smells HORRIBLE, I gag as I pop the top, pour it in, it comes straight back up not even making it down my throat. I gulp determined to get the foul brew down, I do and spend the rest of the lap concentrating on keeping it down. Lap 2 complete, Paula shouts ” what do you want to do”, , ” Please sir can we go again” I reply, with a smile that you would expect to find on the face of a wide mouthed frog who was very pleased with himself.
With that we are off and complete lap number 3 of Blueberry Island, what a wonderful outing, we swam for 1 hour and 15 minutes and covered 3.3 miles, tomorrow we are back again and this time a new course, to Picnic Island and back, HOORAY I love Picnics! What’s on the menu, something new, how will it sit, I’ll keep you posted!