First Swim Across Crystal Lake

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I did my first swim in Crystal Lake today. While the water was a little murky green and I wondered sometimes what I might encounter out in the middle of the lake, it went very well overall.

According to Google Earth, the lake is 475 meters between the northeast and southwest corners. I did two laps, or four lengths of the lake. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have any problems swimming the distance. Each time, I made each crossing in roughly 12 minutes, or 2:32 per 100 meters. I even found that I felt nearly as good on the fourth crossing as I did on the first.

I’m still very slow and have a long way to go on technique. But it’s good to know I should have no problem completing the swim in an Olympic-distance triathlon.