Saturday... Now in it's 36th year, the relay swim across Lake Tahoe from Sandy Harbor to Skylandia, is put on by the Olympic Club of San Francisco and this year attracted 182 teams of 6 swimmers. My sister had recruited me for this fun event to be the ringer and while I'm not sure I was quite up for that title, it didn't stop them from making me the leadout!! Unlike triathlon, there are no wetsuits allowed in open water swimming regardless of water temperature, so thankfully the water and weather cooperated and no one froze to death. The logistics of this race were also unlike any other race I have ever done. As the leadout I started on the beach with my 5 teammates waiting about 1500 yds offshore in the boat. Sounds pretty easy, swim out to the boat, continue swimming across the lake, NOT. Trying to find your boat from the water in the middle of a flotilla of almost 200 boats in 60deg water is a nightmare!! Fortunately, we found each other surprisingly quickly and got safely on our way, unlike several teams who after 45mins (swimmers swap out each 30mins to start) still couldn't locate their swimmer.
The rest of the morning was spent blissfully puttering across the lake. The relay worked as 30mins each, followed by 15mins each, then 10mins each until finished. Team Aquaholics put in a solid middle of the field effort, which included having lots of fun, to finish just under 5hrs, yeah Team!! Pretty awesome way to spend a Saturday morning!!
|Chillin in the middle of the 4mile long Boat Conga Line!!|
|Dirty, Happy, Finished!!|