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No Man’s Land on the lake

May 18, Day 95

Today’s Workout:

  • 60 min bike, 5 minutes Z1, 20 minutes Z2, 3 x (5 minutes Z3/3 minutes Z1) 5 minutes Z2, 6 minutes Z1


To start off this post I will admit something: I am not a fisherman.

When I was younger I would go to the lake with some worms and try my luck.  I never caught anything big, but it was exciting as a kid to get a bite and reel it in.  But mostly I found it to be a whole lot of doing nothing.  Actually, a whole lot of doing nothing that requires slimy worms, fish guts, poking your finger with hooks, and smelling awful.  But I think what really broke me of it was the rule in my house that if you kept the fish, you had to clean and eat it.

I don’t eat fish.  Never have.  So all I was doing was immediately letting anything I caught go.  To me, this is the definition of pointless.

Definition of pointless-Chocolate in a resealable bags

This works too.

So I haven’t fished in over 30 years, easily.  I am saying that up front so I can establish that I don’t really understand the other side of what I am about to talk about.  I admit that.  If any of you ARE fishers, feel free to comment and talk from your side of it!  I’d love to understand this better.

The only place to open water swim nearby is a place called Tuttle Creek Lake.  It’s a state park and below the dam there is camping, picnicking, fishing, frisbee golf, etc.  There is also a swimming area.  There is a half-circular tube that goes around the area (you can see it in the picture below) and the area inside that is quite small and shallow enough so the little ones can play in the water safely.


Out beyond that about 25 yards there is a second semi-circle of buoys, white ones that designate SWIM AREA, NO BOATS.  This is where the deeper water is, and it’s really the only practical place to really do any distance swimming as the other area is too shallow, too small and too congested.  I and many others choose to follow inside this line of buoys when doing open water swimming practice.  It’s kind of a “no-mans-land”, because it sort of feels like you shouldn’t be out there as a swimmer, but boats aren’t allowed in either.


Apparently however, those buoys are THE PLACE to fish.  I don’t know if there are more fish clustered around the anchors or what.  And boats constantly lurk just outside, casting their lines into the zone inside the buoys.  Obviously this is a concern, because you don’t want to get hooked.  That can ruin a $200+ wetsuit in a hurry.

Yesterday there was an older gentleman with his dog doing just that, who yelled at us several times “YOU AREN’T SUPPOSED TO SWIM THERE”.  I’ll be honest, he’s probably right.  But I don’t think he’s supposed to be casting inside the buoy line either, and something about him having the whole lake to fish in and me having only this 200 yard semi-circle to swim in, and him yelling at me to essentially get off his lawn irked me.

I ignored him and swam anyway, but gave him a wide berth because I can’t help but worry he’d cast his line across our path out of spite.

The swim itself?  Pretty warm for May, but 20 mph winds created a lot of chop.  It was great practice for dealing with waves and trying to sight while the current pulls you off course.  It’s a river swim for IM Louisville so I am certain to have to deal with some of that.

Ultimately I don’t have any other realistic way to open water practice so I guess I’ll keep swimming there until they throw me out.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.  Cheers!


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