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AZ Open Water Swim Series #1 at Lake Pleasant – April 2, 2016

113 swimmers gathered just before sunrise at Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona to swim the first of the AZ Open Water Swim series. There were three distances to choose from – 3K, 2K and 1K. I swam the 3000 meter course (1.86 miles). I don’t consider myself a fast swimmer, but I was fairly pleased with the results. There were 6 females in the 45+ Masters category, and I came in third with a time of 1:02. I’ll have to get a bit faster before The Great North Swim (for that, I need to complete 3 miles within 2 hours).

The water temperature was colder than last year (60F today, almost 70F the previous year). I didn’t wear a wet suit for the 2K last year, but did today. Since wet suits are required for The Great North Swim, I need to practice wearing one in cold water, and in a competitive environment with other swimmers.

I just signed up for the second in the AZ OWS series at Bartlett Lake, which will be on April 30. I’ll be swimming the 4K at that event. I have my work cut out for me this month!

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