Wednesday, July 15, 2015


so, apparently... one doesn't "chat" with the other swimmers when taking part in an open water (lake) swim.

hanging out on the beach before the swim, sure!

hanging out in the lake after the swim, why not?

but people find it distracting when you're swimming along and trying to hold a conversation at the same time.... (sorry Melody!)

what can i say? i was doing my recovery stroke (face out of water, perfect opportunity to talk!)

truth be told, i think it helped to distract me too... i stopped thinking about being anxious, too busy with intermittent talking... and that made the return portion of 3/4 mile swim (freestyle and side stroke both) so much better!  (for me)

when i think more about it, if i can distract myself with conversation with friends, i can do most things for a lot longer (and with more enjoyment) than i can on my own.

20 mile run in the freezing February rain, solo... brutal.
20 mile run in the freezing rain, with friends... not so bad.

cycling hill repeats in May heat and humidity, solo... 1 lap
cycling hill repeats, with friends to commiserate about the heat and humidity... 3 laps

swimming in the lake solo... i'm freaking out so i think this is far enough for today!
swimming in the lake with friends... i'll distract my freaking self by talking to you and just keep swimming!

you want to do what now? okay, i've never done that before, and i don't know if i can do it, but i'll try to keep up with you as long as you'll let me natter... (that's my motto).

how do you feel about chatty activity partners? do you appreciate the distraction, or find it... well, distracting? or are you the chatty one?

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