Today was simply a perfect day for the beach. Warm air and water temperatures, bright blue skies, and enough windy gusts to make the kite sailors very happy. I had a fabulous season-opener in the North Sea today. I splashed around in the waves for a while, getting used to the water temperature and the jelly fish. And the brown-green organic matter that obscures visibility. My husband and son, also in wet suits, were out with boogie boards. Odie swam after a tennis ball until he was exhausted and quite full of sea water.
After I felt ready, I swam about a kilometer along the shore line, going with the current from the incoming tide. I thought about sharks only occasionally and didn't see any. I grabbed a fist-full of jellies with most strokes. I didn't find my long distance rhythm - more like 4 or 6 strokes, check I'm not swimming to England, 4 or 6 strokes, check I'm not going to be eaten by something I can't see. Bi-lateral breathing was just fine. The wet suit is supple and slippery. Simply fantastic.
My major goal for the first half of the year was to get lean enough that this new suit would fit properly. And it does. My next goal is to get lean enough that my new tri-suit fits for the half in July.