...so it must be a swim day. I've been swimming every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Castle Rock Rec Center since February (when I'm in town, that is). I leave today for a three day trip to Iowa and then we head to Garden City, KS, for Leslie's family reunion this weekend, so this will be my only swim this week.
[At left: you can see Castle Rock rising in the distance behind the rec center].
The elevation at the Castle Rock Rec Center is 6,300 ft. above sea level. I'm hoping training here is going to help when it somes time to swim in the Russian River at the start of Vineman (elevation 56 feet!).
The 1.2-mile swim course starts at Johnsons Beach in Guerneville and proceeds upstream .6 miles to the turn-around point. That's right, upstream! Apparently the current is not supposed to be too strong in July. They say it should take a 25-minute mile swimmer about one minute longer to make it to the turn-around point. Unfortunately, I'm not a 25-minute mile swimmer. I'm more like a 40-minute mile swimmer! So my goal is to be out of the water in about 50 minutes.
Here's a complete map of the Vineman course (by the way, if you click on any of the pictures they will enlarge to full size). More about the bike and run courses in future posts.