The water was cold but bearable given the 70 degree temps we held all day. I had no real agenda other than to just get in the water with Gabe and do whatever he wanted to do. We swam a few lengths along the shore to warm up and then made a couple of round trip jaunts to the pilings. All in all we probably swam at least a 1/4 mile. I'd call that a success for the evening.
It's weird getting back in the wetsuit and open water after spending so many months in the pool. My body felt constricted, my form went out the window, and the cold water took my breath away for the first few moments. As the next couple of months go by I'll have to focus on keeping my gains with my stroke and body position - otherwise this winter training was all for not.
In other news, I rode the Lake Padden competitive course this morning with the Bellingham Fit tri group. It was nice to be out in a group for a change although I ended up riding with just Roxie and Kyle - woops. The ride felt easy and the day was gorgeous. I even had to lather up with sunscreen. Unfortunately I apparently didn't reach my entire shoulder blade - I now have nice red splotches on the edge of my shoulder blades, right where the tank top started. Oh how I love triathlon induced tan lines. I guess they're only going to get worse over the next few months.