25th Cotton States Triathlon
Saturday, August 21st was the date of the 25th Annual Cotton States Triathlon at Lake Providence, Louisiana. As in years past, I awoke around 2:30 AM, picked up Kate at 4:00, and drove the 100 miles to the parking lot of the Lakeside Inn. We arrived in plenty of time to get set up comfortably, got registered and body marked, and visited with several friends. Kate and I repeated our new tradition of swimming to near the middle of the lake for a warmup just in time to see the sun rise over the cypress trees. I reminded her of the remark I made last year, "We must be crazy to get up in the middle of the night, drive 100 miles and swim 200 yards out into a lake at sunrise, and call it fun!"