The river water was outstanding this morning. My speed ... not so much! However, the point of the morning was to do a 4K training swim at 10K pace, and I'd like to think I accomplished that! Apparently (and I use that word for a reason) I was slower than 1:14 and faster than 1:15 including one (possibly two) 500 metre +/- trips by Bruce to the timing mat. To say there was some administrative confusion around timing would be putting it mildly. Fiona, Mike and another swimmer I don't know didn't even get a time when the results were finally posted hours later -- and somehow I have exactly the same time as another swim only competitor, which is Mighty Suspicious!
I could have been much more aggressive in my pacing — I got behind some feet that didn't really want to let me by, so I just followed them for 2K. It was a lazy decision, partially based on the assumption that if I tried to pass, the feet would speed up with me. But overall, I'm happy enough with it. I could probably swim at or near that pace for another 6K.
Also, I did pop my head up and thank each kayaker and paddle boarder for being out there.* Most were quite surprised! After trying to sort some of the timing issues (apparently unsuccessfully), I went back to the swim start/finish and watched the sprint, super-sprint, try-a-tri, and half-iron swims — camera in one hand, cowbell in the other.
* Many thanks to all the other volunteers I did not thank in person, but who also made the event possible.