So I was the oldest and slowest of the group BUT I did it. Here we are - the 9 of us. Why? Tim Hinds and Christine Gould do this on their respective birthdays- yesterday was Tom's.
We met at 5 and I was happy to learn I was not the only nervous one :) I woke up every few hours worried about oversleeping and worried about...well swimming 10,000 yards.
5:15 and we started with 10 @ 1:30- no worries, I was going last and drafting as much as possible. Then the fun started 4 sets of 20 @ 1:20- 1:20 is my base and I can barely make that. These peeps all swim on a 1:15 (or faster I suspect) so I had my work cut out for me.
1st 10 were cruisy. 1st set of 20 doable. 2nd set of 20 turned into a continuous swim for me. Paddles on and the next 2 sets of 20 were fine. By around 85 my arms were very heavy....last 10 @ 1:30 and the last one was "legit fly" I went for the distance per stroke method and survived!
It was fun, rewarding and I would do it again :) Maybe in December..... we will see