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I'm in the process of training for the long END-WET swim that takes place in North Dakota on July 13th. Training has not been going well, due to time constraints, and when the Smelts suggested a 10k postal swim I jumped at the opportunity.

I made up my little bottle of feeds in the morning, double checked everything on my list, drove for 90 minutes to the UIC pool and then realized I'd forgotten my suit, cap and goggles. I DID find a nose clip in my handbag and a snorkel in the boot of my car, so I wasn't completely empty handed. For a change, I was wearing a bra and undies, so I could have relied on those. Thankfully my teammate Heidi had a spare suit and goggles, and another teammate Michael had a spare cap. No getting out of it.

People almost never ask me what goes on in my mind during my long swims, so here's a yard by yard description of all my thoughts:

0-1000:
1000-2000:
2000-3000:
3000-4000:
4000-5000: hate swimming
5000-6000: hate swimming
6000:7000:
7000:8000:
8000-9000:
9000:10,000: food

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  1. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Does someone count for you in this swim, in a way that lets you know how far you've gone? Since I'm not seeing any "How much farther?"s on your list, I'm guessing the answer is yes? How does that work?

    And congratulations--that's a reaaallly long way for a pool swim! You're gonna rock END-WET!
  2. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Yeah we have people counting and taking splits, and holding up a sign every thousand meters. I've done the 10k four times now and my first time was my best. I think it's harder each year, knowing what's coming!! 4k-6k is my personal hell during this swim, but am feeling better at 8-10k Definitely an exercise in enduring mental torture, especially for an OW swim. It has to be a good training exercise..hopefully
    you should definitely try it!!
  3. andrewmalinak's Avatar
    Pretty much any swim in a pool is a exercise in enduring mental torture, isn't it?
  4. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    Yeah mentioning that was completely redundant!!!