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Big Pigeon Open Water Challenge 2010

August 23, 2010

Summer 2010 is going to go down as one of the best, ever.  And a big part of that has to do with spending so much time with my beloved Big Pigeon swimmers.  There are very few people I would roll out of bed at 5:15 every morning for.  But no matter how tired I felt driving over to Jefferson Pool, once I got there, I was ALWAYS glad to be able to hang out with this amazing group of kids.  Our last official practice was Friday and we made t-shirts during out dryland time:

Cute, no?  Our theme for the summer was “There are two types of pain:  the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.”  No one exemplifies that motto better than Alex, aka “Rocky.”  I have coached Alex for the past 3 years–he is an amazingly dedicated swimmer.  He never takes shortcuts.  And you know what?  As amazing as he is in the water, he’s an even better person.  About half-way through the season, it just seemed easier to say “Be Rocky” than spout out the whole motto.  So when we decided to make shirts, I knew I wanted “Be Rocky” on the front.  This is Alex:

On the back, we drew symbols representing each member of the team:

Our big final team activity was yesterday’s Open Water Challenge.  The pool we practice at is right on Lake Winnebago.  For years now we’ve been talking about swimming across the lake.  This summer I knew we had to make it happen.  Yesterday we made it happen.   We gathered up the swimmers, loaded a couple of boats and headed out past the buoys to the drop point.

We had an amazing support team–John, Linda and Ben were spotters, Sean and Bob drove their boats in front and to the side of the pack for us to spot off, and Amy paddled along side us:

The water was cold, but pretty still (except when Sean drove by to see how we were doing which threw a big ‘ole bunch of waves our way).  We passed lots of fishermen who looked more than a little surprised that we were swimming out by where they were fishing.  I am in the green cap below checking on Elijah:

Two miles later we hit beach.  And then we played!

Of course, it wasn’t long before everybody was ready to eat!  Amy brought a feast:

I loved that she brought her cake plate to the lake.  So fancy:

Yesterday was the perfect ending to a great summer!!  To all my Big Pigeon swimmers:  thanks for the memories!



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    August 24, 2010 3:37 pm

    Here is to the best coach ever!!! We love you, Coach Vicki!

  2. sister friend permalink
    September 11, 2010 12:12 am

    i’m not that strong of a swimmer. with that said i love the fact you had this great summer. jealous not sure but the love there is something that is awesome! you are my hero!

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