This was a well organized and fun race put on by the Reston Masters Swim Team and took place in Lake Audubon, the lake used for the Reston Triathlon. The 1 mile race started at about 8:15 and the 2 mile started at about 9:35. The waves were fairly small, at only about 20 folks per wave. I think folks were grouped by how fast they said they would swim in their application. According to the race officials, the water temp was only about 63 degrees, but it certainly felt a lot warmer than Columbia. The support for the race was great as was the food afterwards. One of the random drawing door prizes was a wetsuit from Bonzai!
This is my first swim only race, and I did it for the experience alone in preparation for 2005 Eagleman on June 12. The 2-mile swim was 2 laps of the same course. I half-expected to DNF, so my only real goal was to finish! My time was horrible, and somehow my pace at Columbia was about the same even though I actually swam the whole 2 miles of this course (see my Columbia report). Based on my pool swim times I thought that my time for this race would be close to an hour. In the pool I consistently swim 1600 meters in 32 minutes without a wetsuit, and in about 29 minutes with a wetsuit. Where did the extra 15 minutes come from?
When I got in my row waiting for my wave to start I looked over at the guy next to me and he looked at me and we both realize we know each other from somewhere but for about thirty seconds we can’t figure out from where. We go back and forth with questions like what college did you go to, where do you work, blah, blah, blah…well, it turns out we patrolled together 12 years ago at Liberty. We were only used to seeing each other in ski getups, so seeing each other with tight wetsuits, bathing caps, and goggles on it was real hard to make the connection. What a hoot!