Tuesday, August 17, 2010

You're Fast

I had what started out as a mediocre swim the other night, but the finish was priceless. 

It was just one of those days.  I couldn't get a rhythm, my arms were tired and sluggish, and as I watched the greenish rocky bottom go by, I felt like I was swimming in jello. 

V-E-R-Y  S-S-L-L-O-O-W-W 

I reached the gray float (My 500 yard mark.  Or at least I think it is 500 yards to there.  I don't want to know if I am wrong) and waved to the folks drinking beer on their camp porch.  I treaded water for a few minutes and took a few breast strokes before heading back to the little beach I started from.  I concentrated on relaxing and breathing, trying to get into some sort of happy place. 

I noticed when I sighted that there were three small looking people standing on the beach.  I kept swimming, made my way through a few weeds, and before long I was standing on the beach looking at 3 children, 2 girls and one boy, ranging in age from 5 to 10. 

"Hi." The youngest girl said.  The other two beamed at me.

"Hello," I answered, noticing their parents nearby putting gear into a boat. "Heading out on the pond for a ride?"

All three nodded enthusiastically.  I grabbed my towel and threw it over my shoulders, pulled off my goggles and swim cap.  I turned back towards them and noticed that they were all still watching me and smiling.   I returned the smile and the boy said,

"You swim every night.  We watch you."

This kind of surprised me.  I always feel really alone on my swims, like no one really notices me.  Or they think I am psychotic and hope if they ignore the crazy person swimming across the pond, she will go away. 

Laughing, I said, "Oh, really? Ha, yeah, I guess I have been out the last few nights."

The three nodded and the youngest girl said to me, "You swim far.  You swam to the point."

I agreed, it was me in the green swim cap who went to the point.  I told them the bottom got really yucky out there, so if they are ever out there don't let their feet touch the bottom.

All three nodded and said, "Yeah.  That is so cool."

The boy piped in, "And you're FAST!"  The two girls both nodded.

Their parents called them and they ran off, jumped into the boat, donned life jackets, and sped off across the pond waving as they went.

It was all pretty quick, but it made my night.  It also made a swim that started out kind of crappy feel pretty great.  It is nice to have a few fans on Pleasant Pond. 

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29 comments:

Heather said...

I agree, that sounds like a very nice way to finish a swim!! and now you have your own fan section at the pond :)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love this story, made me smile, and I wasnt even the one swimming.

I like the new look

Ironman By Thirty said...

How awesome! Get those kids some cow bells and you could have a nightly cheering section :)

Jon said...

Its because you are a triathlete :)

Such a cool story! Talk about a pick me up in motivation!

Hey, nice new blog layout. Me likey!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

The children's comments show that people's realities in life are constantly changing and we need to test the limits... often.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

That is a sweet story. Gotta love kids and they're so innocent and honest so I believe them when they say you are fast!!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

That was just an awesome story! :)

Oooh...and I like your new blog layout! :)

Midwestern Dot said...

Love the new layout. I love the story too, it made me laugh. I love kids and what they say, I've got some really good stories about kids and my brother (who is a college football player). Good to hear you have a fan club!

Emz said...

You have fans everywhere!! [As you SHOULD]. You rock.

midlife_swimmer said...

I smiled the whole time I read this. To those kids you are like a superhero chick.

P said...

Awesome story - you just never know who you're inspiring!

Regina said...

that is a great story! My kid usually just says I'm soft like Jell-O.

Molly said...

that is very cool!!!! nice new layout!

RockStarTri said...

They are right. You are fast!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I'm a fan!

Big Clyde said...

Yeah...you're like a superhero to them! Very cool.

Also, thanks for your nice comments on my blog.

She said I need a goal said...

That is so fun! I love stories like that.

She said I need a goal said...

ps - love the new look by the way.. :-)

skierz said...

Kids are so awesome when they do the little things that send chivers down your spine! See, you are too hard on yourself, the kids told you that your fast! way to stick it out and get the swim done!

DRog said...

GREAT story this was awesome!
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Anne-Marie said...

What a cute story! That would've made my night, too.

Brybrarobry said...

Sound cool how you swim in an open water pond. I always think of you training in the wilderness, like a female Rocky. haha

Christi said...

You are inspiring the next generation of swimmers! That is awesome!

FYI, I love the new look of the blog!

Matty O said...

how cute! Kids can make anyone's day haha.

Way to turn that workout around :) Now at timberman you need to think of your fans back home and SIU!

Colleen said...

This post made me smile! :)

Luke said...

that had to make you feel good!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Sweet!

Heidi Austin said...

awww super cute! you have cheerleaders :)

Glenn Jones said...

What a cool story!