It took me ten minutes to get into the water, today. I didn't want to do it. I didn't want my alarm to blare at me at 5:00am.  I didn't want to get out of bed. I stood there lollygagging for ten minutes once we arrived because I didn't want to stand at the shoreline in the very coldest water next to Ace and Dirty Spice. I didn't want to stick my hands in the water and swish them around in the salty green channel and then splash that water on my face. I did not want the water to touch the small of my back and send a chill up through the top of my head. I did not want to feel the water on my neck or in my ears.

But I did it anyway. You become an IRONMAN when you join the But I Did it Anyway club.

And I'm glad I did. It was a picture perfect day in the channel.