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Today was Part II of the Me Day, and all I wanted to do was drive to my in-laws’ new (rental) lakehouse and go for an open water swim. 


Now, if you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I have a ‘history’ with open water swims.  Specifically, the first two times I got in a lake for a triathlon, I positively geeked out. 


In fact:



  • My first Olympic triathlon (my second attempt), I also had a panic attack in the water.  It was just as bad as the first attack but I was pretty committed to finishing this race.  I finished 5th to last, but I was thrilled. I did not want to write another D.N.F. blog post! 


My fears of open water are rooted in one thing – ALLIGATORS.  I grew up in Miami and did my first two tris in Orlando.  As a kid, “every single body of water has a gator in it,” was drilled into my head.  And really, people do get attacked by gators all the time in Florida.  Gators are not hard to find in the Sunshine State, and they really do live in most lakes.  A man’s arm was bitten off in the same exact lake I did my tris in, as a matter of fact!


Anyway – then I moved to Charlotte and got over my fear of open water (yay, no gators!).  Since moving, I’ve done an open water race, a sprint, and another sprint.  And on Saturday, I’m doing my second-ever Olympic tri!  I am so excited, but I’m nervous, too, because I’ve definitely been phoning in training.  I’m just so busy with work that exercise has to come second.


So, I really wanted to get in an open water swim before my race, and my in-laws’ new lake seemed like the perfect place to do it.


We even had a kayak, so the Husband could kayak next to me as I swam.  Never, ever swim alone, of course!


However, right when I got into the water, I started to freak out.  I haven’t been nervous in a lake in so long, and I was disappointed and surprised to feel all the old symptoms of a Full-On Freak Out coming on.


“I’m a little nervous,” I finally confessed to the Husband, treading water near the dock.


“What are you scared of?” he replied from the safety of the kayak.  “You’ve done this before. It’s just another lake.”


I was scared because it was so quiet.  When you do a tri, dozens (or hundreds) of other people jump into the water with you, splashing around and scaring off any potential predators.  Who knew what was lurking in this quiet lake?  We had already seen a spider the size of a golf ball, three frogs, and lots of large, jumping fish.  I was clinging to the kayak, trying to talk myself out of a freak out, when the Husband said, “Oh, look at that little turtle swimming towards us.”


But it wasn’t a turtle.  It was a SNAKE.  A swimming snake.  Seriously.  I got into the kayak with the Hus and watched the little guy swim past – he was a harmless water snake.  I tried to tell myself that, intellectually, I already knew there were snakes in the lake, but now that I had seen one… ugh.  “I feel a little out of place,” confessed my city-boy Husband.  “This place is like, straight-up nature.”  


I knew how he felt.


We kayaked around for fifteen minutes, and then I finally gathered the courage to get into the water.


Thanks to Google Earth, I know that I swam about 500 meters, only 1/3 of what I’ll swim on race day, but I felt exceptionally strong and confident.  My breathing was better than it’s ever been in a race; I had no heart-thumping like I do when the gun blasts.  I loved swimming next to the Husband and seeing him whenever I took a breath on my right side.   


Afterwards, I kayaked a little bit by myself.  I didn’t see any gators. 


And we read our books.  Currently, I’m obsessed with The Hunger Games (on the second book!), and the Hus is reading A New Earth.


Sometimes, in open water swims and in life, I think you just have to close your eyes, pull on your big girl panties, and go for it



  • Sweet and Savvy August 2, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing! It is hard to imagine all the quiet. That seems almost intimidating of hundreds of people cheering. It looks like a great day! Straight up nature is hard to come by.

  • Lauren August 2, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Oh my goodness you are 100% braver than I would ever be. Seeing a twig would end it for me.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul August 2, 2011, 9:24 pm

    this is really random Caitlin! But today I was running and I’m not exactly a “runner” like I used to be, but today was def. a hard one! And I kept thinking, “Caitlin would finish this course….Caitlin must be running like this right now hmmm…” haha. And it kind of helped me not give up! 😛

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 2, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Good job on getting over your fear! That snake might have scared me out of my swim! You are more brave than me!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 2, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Hunger Games totally rocks! Good for you on getting out there. I would have freaked out about the water snake. I’m not a huge fan of open water myself. Too many creepy crawlies!

  • Kath August 2, 2011, 9:34 pm

    TOTALLY feel the same way about lakes. I’m terrified of them!! Lots of other people splashing makes me much less scared, but I would have never, ever gotten in that lake like you did! ESP. with the snake!! AHHHHHH!

  • bakingnbooks August 2, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Your tough. Nuff said. And it was so endearing and makes my heart yearn that you and your Husband do this together. Really.

    I’ve yet to catch on to the Hunger Games! Debating what to read now, just finished “The Lost Girls”.

    By the way – do you follow an outline when your writing? Just thinking of it overwhelms me…

  • Hillary August 2, 2011, 9:37 pm

    “This place is, like, straight-up nature.”

    Tell the Hus that his comment made me, like, straight-up giggle out loud. Hilarious.

    • Penny August 2, 2011, 9:47 pm

      I second that. 🙂

  • Lindsey August 2, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Good for you! After the snake there would have been no way I would have gotten back into that water. I am huge wimp!

  • Kelly August 2, 2011, 9:43 pm

    A snake, Caitlin? You must have been wearing your granny panties because if it were me I’d have had to have a helluva lot of fabric to pull on to get in the water with a snake. You are brave and awesome!

  • kalli August 2, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Sometimes, in open water swims and in life, I think you just have to close your eyes, pull on your big girl panties, and go for it.

    Ha so true girl… true!

  • CH August 2, 2011, 9:45 pm

    Oh my God Caitlin. You are so flipping brave. I never EVER would have gotten back in that water if I had seen a snake. Ever. I have done a lot of lake swimming in my life, including swimming across a lake that was about three miles wide when I was 11, but I would NEVER have been able to do it if I knew there were snakes in the water. Never. There are water snakes in Michigan, but I think they’re just more common in swampy areas and ponds than lakes. I live in New York now and have never encountered a snake on land there, thank goodness. I highly doubt there are any chilling out in the Hudson, where open water swims are usually held, either.

    You are super brave — if you can get back in the water after being feet away from a water snake, I’m sure you’ll have no problem this weekend. 🙂

  • Penny August 2, 2011, 9:46 pm

    When it comes to snakes I don’t have any big girl panties. I would have run screming (and maybe crying) from that lake vowing never to return.
    Snakes are dead to me. I’ll stick with diapers. 🙂 Hell, when I see a snake I NEED diapers.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 2, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I’m glad you like The Hunger Games! You’ll be finished with the series in no time.

    I am terrified of swimming in lakes and we don’t have gators around here! You should be very proud of yourself for getting out there and swimming!

  • Sam August 2, 2011, 9:48 pm

    You know, I was wondering what you were so afraid of! Gators makes so much sense! I grew up on Canada so that thought never even crossed my mind. Good for for doing it… Eater snake would have freaked me out do bad!

  • Sam August 2, 2011, 9:49 pm

    You know, I was wondering what you were so afraid of! Gators makes so much sense! I grew up on Canada so that thought never even crossed my mind. Good for for doing it… Eater snake would have freaked me out do bad!

  • Sam August 2, 2011, 9:49 pm

    You know, I was wondering what you were so afraid of! Gators makes so much sense! I grew up on Canada so that thought never even crossed my mind. Good for for doing it… Eater snake would have freaked me out do bad!

  • Nicole August 2, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Wish I didn’t have to work today. I could have totally lounged around and read.

  • Silvina August 2, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about the alligators in the water! I just moved to Charlotte from Orlando (lived there for 10 years) and any time I get into a body of water in CLT I have to remind myself that alligators don’t hang out there. It’s kind of awesome!

  • Selena August 2, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I actually said “oh my god” out loud when I read “snake”. ugh, I would freak. Nice job getting back in the water and doing the swim.

    I’ve had to pull on my big girl panties and just go for it many times…mostly just in life, not so much with exercise. But, on Saturday I will do just that…going for my first race ever, a 5K and feeling very excited.

  • Emily August 2, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I am so impressed by your swimming! I am definitely not a strong swimmer, despite being described as a “fish” when I was a kid swimming in the lake, it was only where I could touch the bottom. I would love to try and tri some day but I definitely have to conquer my fear of swimming first!

  • Chetney August 2, 2011, 10:06 pm

    The hunger games was such a good trilogy, I teared up a bit in the end! I’m glad you’ve discovered it.

    As far as that SNAKE in the water…fahgettaboutit.I would never swim in that water. Sorry I’d love to be encouraging but that shit is SCARY!

  • Bella August 2, 2011, 10:11 pm

    I remember Gators.
    My first experience was when I was a toddler in Florida. We were down to see Dinsey World and our friend’s Grandparents had a party boat. We were out on it and one came so close!

    I haven’t read The Hunger Games yet.. I plan to though. Everywhere I go I keep getting recommendations to read them!

  • Bee Goes Bananas August 2, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Beautiful! I love nature.

  • Shayla @ The Good Life August 2, 2011, 10:24 pm

    Love that motto, just go for it. And congrats on the open water swim, I would have freaked out so you should be proud of yourself! 🙂

  • Kristen August 2, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I would NEVER have gotten in after the snake sighting… Actually, I may have drowned during my panic attack and never have made it into the kayak.

  • Amanda August 2, 2011, 10:34 pm

    I find lakes way more scary than oceans for some reason. Maybe because the ones I grew up around had snakes, snapping turtles, and were murky brown. I know that oceans have sharks and jellyfish and stuff like that but I don’t find them scary! You’re brave for getting in after seeing a snake, that would freak me out!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 2, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Good idea on having him go with you! I don’t love the thought of being in open water like that either. It freaks me out! The critters freak me out more!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 2, 2011, 10:47 pm

    You are way braver than I would’ve been if I saw a water snake! Harmless or not they are gross!

  • Sarah August 2, 2011, 10:55 pm

    YIKES. A snake? I would flip! That’s so great that you were brave enough to get in after you saw that. Even though it was just a water snake, that would still probably deter me. Great job!!!

  • Mary @ Rabbitsand Runs August 2, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I would have freaked out about the fish/turtles/snakes and refused to get in the water. You’re much braver than I am!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 2, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Brave woman 🙂 If I had seen the snake I would have freaked too! I HATE snakes. Heh.

  • Kelly August 2, 2011, 11:09 pm

    I literally JUST finished the hunger games series and am now catching up on blogs. I read the whole series in 4 days! So good, but I’m soo tired, lol.

  • Jenny August 2, 2011, 11:09 pm

    I recommend a few drops of Rescue Remedy before the swimming portion of your tri 😉

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 2, 2011, 11:14 pm

    You rock for braving the waters and doing this. And yes, alligators are scary creatures!!

  • stephanie August 2, 2011, 11:25 pm

    I find this post to be very beautiful.

  • Chelsea August 2, 2011, 11:30 pm

    I’m afraid to death of dark water. I love tubbing and what not with my friends but the moment I get thrown off into the water I get so scared..I imagine something creepy underneath me pulling and yanking me down. Darn scary movies putting bad images in our minds!

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes August 2, 2011, 11:31 pm

    You are so brave!
    How did you get into triathlons anyway? Were you a swimmer? I really want to do one, but I’m not very good at swimming!!!

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 1:34 pm

      No I was definitely NOT a swimmer. I had never swam a lap in my life before I did my first tri. I’m not sure how exactly I got into them, I had a bike and I ran a lot so it seemed like a natural progression.

  • Corrie Anne August 2, 2011, 11:35 pm

    That so cool that your husband was beside you in the kayak. How sweet. I would love that. A SWIMMING SNAKE WOULD FREAK ME OUT!!!!!!!!! AYIIYIYIIYIIIII!

  • Ashley @ The Fit Academic August 2, 2011, 11:54 pm

    ummm, i’m sure you’re not….but that picture with you in the kayak totally looks like you’re nekkid! What’s up with that? I guess its cuz the picture above youre in the black 1-piece and then all the sudden you’re all flesh colored and….naked looking! haha! Like you’re covering your “girls” with the kayak paddle. Yikes!
    PS: I swear I’m not a pervert or something!: )

    • christine August 3, 2011, 1:02 am

      i thought the same thing! Caitlin, are you naked in that pic? if so, way to go!

      • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:38 am

        hahah no, i’m wearing a light blue no strap bathing suit.

        • Rachel August 3, 2011, 2:20 pm

          haha! I totally thought the same thing, and then was like “No way, she wouldn’t be posting a naked photo” and decided you must have changed into a bikini. Hilarious!

  • Rachel August 2, 2011, 11:55 pm

    The Hunger Games is amazing. You won’t be able to put them down in a couple days. Awesome job on working towards conquering your fears!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life August 3, 2011, 12:01 am

    i can handle quite a bit, but water snakes = ew

  • AmandaonMaui August 3, 2011, 12:11 am

    I grew up in Florida too, and the gator thing is definitely scary. We had a gator in our pond behind the house for a while, and people’s dogs were often being eaten by gators. I’m glad I never got up and close with one!

  • Kathleen August 3, 2011, 12:12 am

    No freakin’ way could I do that. You are my hero! Now go rock your Tri!

  • Courtney August 3, 2011, 12:15 am

    I will never do a triathlon. It’s not the open swim that gets to me, it’s the wildlife. I seriously can not believe you got into gator filled lakes. Your panic attacks were completely justified. I would have freaked out about seeing a snake. My husband and I took our dog to hang out at a park that is near the river and I was having a great time splashing around in the shallow waters with our dog… until my husband saw a baby copperhead. I got out so fast… I know they are out there, but once I see one, that’s it. You are sooooo brave!

  • Kiran @ August 3, 2011, 12:30 am

    After living in Florida for a short duration, I don’t think I can muster enough courage for a swim in the lake. Kudos to you, seriously 🙂

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska August 3, 2011, 12:40 am

    I live in Alaska where there are very obviously no snakes or alligators to be found and… I would freak out about open water swimming. Glad you had a great swim and time with the husband!

  • The Healthy Engineer August 3, 2011, 12:40 am

    Alligators would freak the heck out of me!!

    I got nightmares after watching some show about Florida and how they would just pop up at swimming pools..GAHHH.

  • Mai August 3, 2011, 1:06 am

    Wow, I’m impressed. The snake would have ended it for me!

    Hunger Games is amazing! Can’t wait for the movie!

  • Khushboo August 3, 2011, 1:07 am

    Wow you are a braver woman than i- open water swims would scare me!

  • Jen August 3, 2011, 1:14 am

    WOW…you are a much braver woman than I! I cannot imagine that I would be able to get back into the water after seeing a snake…”harmless water snake” or not. I.DO.NOT.LIKE.SNAKES. Honestly, I think I would rather see an alligator (yes – I realize that makes no logical sense). 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 3, 2011, 1:14 am

    You’re braver than me! My biggest fear is open bodies of water- even looking at those pictures has me nervous!

  • Mariel August 3, 2011, 1:31 am

    Love this post. Good job! I am 100% freaked by snakes and if I saw a swimming one and I was in the water, you can bet I woulda been outta there faster than you can day go!
    But overall, your message is correct, sometimes you just gotta take chances and see where you net out. You’ll never succeed (or fail for that matter) if you never try!

  • Angie August 3, 2011, 4:10 am

    Go Caitlin.
    Or come swim in the UK. Definitely no gators here just to odd swan that likes to attack if you swim too close to its babies 🙂
    I find it more difficult swimming when it’s quiet so you are not alone. There is something comforting about having a lot of other people swimming the same course with you.
    I am jealous of the lake house though. I would be there all the time swimming.

  • Orla August 3, 2011, 4:47 am

    Oh mother of …. never mind the snake – when you mentioned spider, I pulled my feet up to my body and shivered to my core.
    Snakes I could handle – the harmless ones obviously – but spiders? Not a flipping chance!
    Good on you though – face your fears and do it anyway! It will make you stronger!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 3, 2011, 5:08 am

    Love this! Congratulations of putting on your big girl panties – in the water and in life, which you do all the time. I find it so inpsiring!
    Me and the Kiwi went kayaking a few weeks back here in England and came across so many spiders (as you brush through bushes and reeds they fall onto your boat…SOOOOO terrifying, lol!) and a water snake too…I would’ve been petrified of gators too if I’d been in Florida, can’t blame you there at all. How scary that someone got their arm bitten off?! :-O
    That pure nature experience is my favourite thing in the whole world…especially being with the person you love most in the world at the same time, too. Sounds like a great day! 😀 What a beautiful lake to go to. Well done you! xyx

  • Errign August 3, 2011, 6:30 am

    Caitlin, you rock! I love that you threw in the big girl panties line because that’s one of my favorite lines to use to get myself to do something! 🙂 Good luck on your tri this weekend, Healthy Ashley & I were talking about it a little on our run the other night.

  • Shelley August 3, 2011, 7:00 am

    Oh my gosh a SNAKE in the water!!!! Im absolutely petrified of snakes, i TOTALLY would have bailed!!!

  • Sarah August 3, 2011, 7:06 am

    I love that your Me Day was two days long. Sometimes I guess a 48 hour day is what it takes. 😀

    And I’m not sure I’d have swum in a lake with snakes in it, dangerous or not. I just hope I never have to. I usually swim in the sea, with fishies, which I don’t mind, but my cousin totally freaks out over. Do they bother you too? Or is it just the potentially life-threatening creatures that freak you out?

    Because I don’t think I’d ever swim in an open body of water EVER if I’d grown up in a state that had alligators. Heck no!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 3, 2011, 8:04 am

    I don’t blame you for being scared of open water swimming at all! If there were gators in the lakes here, I would be shakin’ in my boots! And snakes don’t sound much fun either. 😛 But that’s awesome that you hopped back in and did your swim. Way to go!

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 3, 2011, 8:20 am

    I just mentioned putting on my big girl panties yesterday. I hope people aren’t picture granny panties, no one likes that image.

  • Kelly August 3, 2011, 8:37 am

    You are much braver than me. I am not afraid of open water but to be all alone on a quiet lake would have freaked me out. Kudos to you for doing it!

  • Beth @ 990 Square August 3, 2011, 8:39 am

    I have always been scared of water (any kind, open or not) so I give you a huge thumbs up for sticking with it!!

  • Eliza August 3, 2011, 8:40 am

    On a positive note, at least kayaking is fun!

    I would have freaked out about the snake too. If I want to swim in open water here in Australia, I have the risk of being eaten by a GREAT WHITE shark. Pools are very appealing.

    Also, maybe you feel better about swimming in groups because the likeliness of you being the one to get eaten decreases.. not a very nice thought haha

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 1:35 pm

      OMG. Swimming Australia’s oceans terrify me because of GWS

  • Kristen, Sweetly August 3, 2011, 8:46 am

    Hahahaha! Congrats on putting on the big girl panties. :p That cracked me up. Definitely understand the fear, though. I refuse to swim in the ocean, and I don’t think I really know why.

  • Jenny August 3, 2011, 8:53 am

    Hey! I totally get your fears. I grew up in south Florida and I had a fear of ALL bodies of water – including pools. I mean, I would totally swim in them, but if there were less than three other people, I stayed in the shallow end. I don’t know why.

    Now, in Georgia, the summer thing to do is go swimming at our big lake (Lanier). I cannot do it. Terrifies me.

    Also – Didn’t you say your husband is British? Did he say “This place is like, straight-up nature” with an accent? Because if so, that’s sort of adorable.

    Anyway, congrats on getting over your fear!

  • Jen August 3, 2011, 9:01 am

    i am all about nature but i am NOT down with snakes. there is no way that i could have done the swim after that. you are awesome!

  • Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly August 3, 2011, 9:09 am

    OMG you are so brave! The minute I see a snake (even a harmless brown water snake) I’m getting no where near that water! You go girl! 🙂

  • Aubrey S August 3, 2011, 9:19 am

    Considering where you grew up, it’s no surprise that you had a fear to conquer, but it seems like you’re doing great now.

  • Kara August 3, 2011, 9:22 am

    That snake swimming would have been the end of my day. I see lots of snakes on the trails, but there is something so creepy about water snakes. *shudder*

  • Ali @ Ali Runs August 3, 2011, 9:23 am

    Great job getting your swim in! There is a lake near where I grew up and a lady always swims up and down it. It makes me nervous for her because there are typically a lot of boats out on the water and she rarely has a boat or kayak next to her to ward off boats. Luckily for me (and her), we never have to worry about gators up north!

  • Bee @ B*tchy Bee August 3, 2011, 9:41 am

    omg, good for you. snakes are the end of the world for me. I’m not sure I would ever get in open water again! you kick ass 🙂

  • Amanda August 3, 2011, 9:52 am

    The Hunger Games are the best books! I read them at work and home, my patients at work were “annoying” because they interrupted my reading, poor kids! That was so brave of you to get back in the water after seeing the snake…I would have been out of there so fast! I used to teach swimming at a camp in a little pond/lake and there were snakes in the water, I made the kids go in first to scare everything away!!! I’m a pool girl for sure!

  • Ashley August 3, 2011, 9:57 am

    I’m totally with you on your fear of lakes and gators. I’m from FL too and even when I go to the lake with my friends (I live in Greensboro,NC) I can’t help but worry what is going to eat me. It doesn’t stop me from getting in b/c I constantly reassure myself there are no gators but it doesn’t stop the panic and fear when I’m in the water waiting on the boat to come back and get me. Great post though! I enjoyed it and I’m glad to see another FL girl living in a non-gator state shares the same fear as I do.

  • Carolina John August 3, 2011, 10:04 am

    I used to see gators on the golf courses around Charleston, SC but that was about it. Snakes in the lake freak me out too. I went to kelley’s mom’s lakehouse ready for an OWS one weekend and saw about a dozen snakes in the water. I passed.

  • Rachel August 3, 2011, 10:06 am

    I have read all three hunger game books. I think you should do like a little “book club”/ talk after you finish them all.

  • allpointswhole August 3, 2011, 11:19 am

    Way to conquer your fear and stay out there Caitlin!

  • healthy ashley August 3, 2011, 11:20 am

    Yeah, water freaks me out. Still. I just don’t believe that there can be a lake without alligators. But I’m so proud of you! It looks gorgeous.

  • Nikki August 3, 2011, 11:43 am

    Oh man i LOVED the hunger games! I’m super excited about the casting decisions for the movies! Afterwards, you should read Divergent. It’s very similar, and is also set up to be a trilogy (although only the first book is out).

    congrats on your open water swim!

  • Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) August 3, 2011, 11:50 am

    I have a lake pretty close to me but my only option to swim it is early, early in the morning alone and after I blogged about having done that, I was scolded by everyone for going alone! It’s awesome that you got to swim out there though and I’m jealous of the kayak!


  • Dana August 3, 2011, 11:51 am

    You’re so inspiring and brave, Caitlin … As usual!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats August 3, 2011, 11:54 am

    Way to go! That is awesome. Swimming snakes and gators are scary! I am definitely in the “putting your big girl panties on and braving it” camp. Big Girl Feat #240 for you, Caitlin!

  • Brittany August 3, 2011, 11:58 am

    I have an irrational deathly fear of fish. And all things in the water. I totally understand your fear and I don’t even know if I could’ve gotten in that water myself… especially after seeing a snake. Awesome job, you’re super inspiring.

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable August 3, 2011, 11:59 am

    Girl, you are BRAVE. If I had seen a snake in the water I would have flown out of that water ASAP! Nor would I have gotten back in. Good for you! Side note…I finally tried the refried bean and goat cheese combo–heaven. Thanks!! 🙂

  • Sarah August 3, 2011, 12:36 pm

    i think you are so brave! i have never really had a problem with lakes (probably because there is no way there are any alligators where i live) but if i ever saw a snake i would have a massive freak out. i don’t even like to think that they are in the water…ugh creeping me out!! good for you for doing that swim!

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count August 3, 2011, 12:38 pm

    Love that series! Hunger Games that is. I finished the 2nd book a while ago and need to go get the 3rd. Amazing!

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count August 3, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I loved the first and second book! I need to go get the third in the series! SO GOOD! Apparently The Help is good too, plus they are making a movie so I feel like I need to read that one next.

  • Amber K August 3, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Okay, I wasn’t freaked out about water until you mentioned a water snake. Ok, that’s it, I am absolutely never swimming in a lake! That lake is for the creatures that live there, and I have no desire to disturb them. If I leave them alone, they will leave me alone right? Ugh, I am having major shivers. Yick!

  • RebekahK August 3, 2011, 2:10 pm

    I don’t think that I could have gotten back in after seeing the snake. I was nervous after seeing one last week when I was in a kayak = )

    Make sure you have book 3 ready to read after you finish book 2 of Hunger Games you will want to jump right into it!

  • emily August 3, 2011, 2:42 pm

    there is ZERO percent chance I would have gotten in the water after seeing a snake! like seriously, less than zero percent chance. And you kept at it for 500 meters! you win.

  • Lindsay R. August 3, 2011, 10:37 pm

    You’re so brave!!!

    And you look so happy and beautiful in the picture with the lake behind you and the swim cap on.

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture August 4, 2011, 8:24 am

    Bloody hell you are a whole lot braver than I am! A spider the size of a gold ball! AND A SNAKE! I have the heeby jeebies just sat here at my desk… I feel like I need to check around me for creepy crawlies! Honestly well done for getting back in the water that takes a lot of guts!

  • kristenq August 4, 2011, 6:14 pm

    good job getting over your fear! I laughed at your husbands statement ” this is straight up nature” haha.
    Im from stl and we dont have alligators, but i completely understand your fears!
    I guess each time you get in the water you have the option of letting your fears win, or kicking some booty. And today you did just that- good job!

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