This morning I participated for the second time to the 19th TRAVERSATA of the Lake Maggiore!! Every year Proloco Arona organizes a non-competitive swimming contest at the Lago Maggiore. You start in Angera and finish in Arona, 1.2 km in total. I also participated last year (see my post Swimming across the lake) and promised myself I would again this year. And so I did!
For the last 2 months it has been really hot in Italy. We have had weeks of 37 °C but 2 days ago the weather decided that enough was enough and so it started raining with a temperature of no more than 20°C. And that’s when I began to have some doubts on my participation today. I mean, I wasn’t really looking forward to dive into a lake when raining outside… Until yesterday evening late the forecast predicted rain and no more than 18°C and so I can say I was actually nervous about the whole thing. When I woke up this morning it was pretty cold but it didn’t rain and so off I went to Arona. Still not very sure I got my “safety balloon” and hopped on the boat to bring me to the other side of the lake to Angera. And I can tell you that it was sooooo cold!! To make it worse I only then noticed that my swimming goggles were still in my bag that I gave to Luca who was waiting for me in Arona where I finished. Really nervous and cold at this point ( I really can’t swim without goggles and definitely not in a lake!!) I was lucky that a man besides me had two and gave me one. Then luck started to be on my side because at 11am the sun even started to shine and my goose bumps (that covered my whole body for over an hour) started to disappear. I got to the point that I was glad to participate and was even looking forward to get into the lake! Finally at 11.30am we could and after (only) 31 minutes I got out of it again in Arona. Wow, I did it again!!! And I’ll promise to participate again next year!!
Getting on the boat to go to Angera:
Finish in Arona:
View on Angera:
Off I go (with almost 800 other participants!!):
This time all photos were made by Luca!
Find out where Arona/Angera is located:
See my post Swimming across the lake