with three other swimmers,
I swam five miles
It wasn't an ironman
or some other superhuman feat
I am no Diana Nyad
or Craig Dietz
But much of the swim was against current,
and at times, the current was "endless," and more than tried me,
and, other than a gracious kayaker or two around me,
for most of the swim, I was alone.
The other day,
unafraid and undoubting,
I swam five miles in the open water,
a feat, three years ago, I would never have dreamed I could have done.
When I reached the shore, there was no one cheering,
though the two other male swimmers, already back,
said, "good job."
When I stepped out of the water,
there were people on the beach
sunning, being, enjoying the end of summer.
My legs wobbled as I walked out, and my tired arms shook a little
as a father, unaware of what I'd just done,
asked me to snap a photo of his family.
The other day, I swam five miles,
without crowds or hype,
and, so far, without any photos to prove it.
It just was.
Something more I did
to prove to myself that I could.
p.s. thanks to Rob Martell, Rob Ripp, and Annmarie Kearney-Wood for making the swim with me, and to the amazing kayakers who spent their Saturday watching out for us. <3 p="p">3>
p.p.s. If you'd like to read a more detailed account of the swim, Carol Moore did a lovely job here on the water-blog.