Sam had a race yesterday at the Rockland Breakwater (stolen photo). The course was an out-and-back two times for a total of 3.2 miles. Sam wore the wetsuit I got him for Christmas and swam the race in one hour and twelve minutes. Be impressed. Be very impressed.
And I had decided not to drive down with the kids, but if he had told me he was going to WIN we would have all driven down together. Geez.
That's his first open-water win. I really wish we had all been there to watch him coming in and get his award. I just didn't know if I could have kept Reed from jumping off of the breakwater into the cold ocean. Next year, we'll make a family day of it. We are very proud.
"Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent. Don't lose sight of your goals. No matter what the obstacles are, don't let anything deter you from your best effort. Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can and cannot do. Be tough, be stubborn, love yourself, and find friends who believe in you." --Joan Benoit Samuelson