Today I headed out to Roslyn lake for a longer training swim. 3-4 hour swims on Saturday and Sunday are going to soon become the norm. I thought might as well head to Roslyn to hit the cold water as well.
Upon arriving at Roslyn Lake and walking down to the dock, I had the pleasure of watching 2 bald eagles fishing over the lake. I thought this was a good sign. I was busy taking a water temperature while watching the aerial acrobatics of the eagles. As I was filled with feelings of good omens, I pulled out the water thermometer. My good vibes were short lived. Again the warm weather played havoc on my training grounds. Lake Temperature = 72 degrees. Within one week, Roslyn went from 58 to 72 degrees. One of the park officials mentioned that my trout fishing was going to be ruined. I tried to gently explain that I was there to swim around the lake for Channel training. His reply “Holy Shit!” Sorry for the language, but I wanted to quote him exactly. He then recovered and said that if it looked like I was getting tired someone would kayak out to help me.
Since I was already here, I planned to get in the water anyways. It was quiet with the exception of a few duck and geese families. Oh and the eagles were still around. Plus this would provide a good opportunity to test my feedings.
Every lap of the lake took me about 55 minutes, which provided the exact time I needed before coming in for a feeding. Feedings consisted of hot tea with honey and Carbo Pro and canned peaches. Both seemed to sit very well during the training. I had a small side ache after each feeding, but it quickly subsided.
Swimming thoughts for the day:
- Budweiser and Coors Light seem to be the unanimous beer of choice for fisherman, as I have seen a plethora of these on the bottom of the lakes I’ve swam in.
- The trout fisherman were not going to have any luck as I saw no evidence of fish. Only some small salamanders
- Chiggers are nasty little bugs that bite while swimming. Unfortunately you don’t know that they are there until after the swimming is done and you itch like crazy. I look like I have the chicken pox. For this reason alone Lake Roslyn is off of my training schedule.
Next weeks plan.
- Heal from the chigger bites.
- Swim 3-5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. This time down at Nehalem Bay.
- Test the following for feedings; hot tea with honey and Carbo Pro, canned peaches, fruit filled Newtons and Clif Shot Blocks.