On Streaking The Cove
I ran my first 5K today. I came in at 34 minutes and four seconds I believe. Not so great, but more than anything, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I am well-known for being mild-mannered, shy, soft-spoken, perhaps even a little distant—frankly, most consider me to be a bit boring. No one would expect this of me, and today I proved that I can be spontaneous, crazy and confident. I can try new things and I can be fun.
I must confess, however, that this wasn’t my first time being nude out in the open. Years ago I used to go to a nude beach called Playalinda, a quaint and undeveloped beach along the Cape Canaveral Seashore. I met someone there and we had a thing for a while. We ended up realizing we were very different people and ended on bad terms, so I stopped going in order to avoid him. Today I got a reminder of how much I regret missing out on the lifestyle over a relationship turned sour.
The Streak the Cove 5K took place in a nudist resort in Kissimmee, named Cypress Cove. Although the residents were virtually all retirees and I was among a handful of millennials on the property, I absolutely fell in love with the place. If it weren’t an hour away from me I would return every weekend. Why can’t these places exist in Orlando? Sigh…
But I’m glad I did it, and I am totally beating my time next year. With my newfound confidence, I am also excited to participate in more of these types of events, such as one coming up in December—in Tampa—called the Santa Speedo Run, a 1K to raise money and awareness for Brighter Seasons for Children, a program to help kids in Pinellas County infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. On May 3rd in 2015, I plan to do the Caliente Dare Bare 5K, also in Tampa. Looking forward to more adventures and a return to the lifestyle I miss so much.