Sunday, Day 98OFF
Thoughts: Well, my primary thought is major disappointment. Usually Sundays are off for me, but this one was my first big open water swim (Nav-E-Sink in Rumson, NJ). I have the wetsuit now, and it was perfect timing to test my swimming. I looked forward to it all week.
Instead, two neighborhood teenagers -- who have been trouble in the past and will likely be locked up in the near future -- decided to rip up all the new plantings Mighty M and I made last weekend. Not only did they rip them up, they used the plants as projectiles against the house. At 2:00 AM.
Normally, I have an extreme amount of patience, especially with kids, especially those who lack the tools they need, like proper supervision and discipline. But, without going completely into it, these kids are sprinting down a bad path and sincerely enjoy the problems they cause. For example, after making the huge mess, they decided to stick around and see what we did about it -- lounging under a streetlamp for kicks and giggles. By the time we confronted them (twice), woke up the next door neighbor teen (their friend and often the co-conspirator), and decided to not call the cops, I couldn't go back to sleep. Sandman didn't come until about 5 am, making an open water swim on less than two hours sleep a bad idea.
So, that's a long explaination for a "day off," but I am thoroughly disappointed. I still have a brand new -- dry -- wetsuit and no idea how 1.2 or 2.4 miles feels in open water. Let's just cross our fingers that it doesn't feel too unexpected come July 1st!