Read it and weep...
After a 3000 yard workout. In a dragsuit.
Truth be told, this wasn't really pushing it. Sub-9 is reasonable...I think something in the 8:30 range or below is not out of the realm of possibility, even for my decidedly non-Olympian abilities.
OK...I did it with fins (it's rare that I use them). Now it's y'alls turn. Same challenge, but minus the help. I'll do that in the back half of the week. Let's see what you guys can do.
I know I'm not "all that". I strongly suspect there are some boys in green around here that would wave as they passed me on this one.