So after racing a two mile open water swim in Greenwich Ct on Saturday, I drove home with dad. Rather quickly…why?
Because he wanted (and we both qualified) to swim the open water 5k in VA Beach. I had said I was doing both a 2 mile and 5k swim that weekend, but a lot of people took that (I would have too) as a 2 mile swim and a 5k run.
Oh no. 5k swim for me!
So after getting home from NY at 10pm, I headed straight to bed so I could wake up to get to the 5k in the morning. Dad and I got to the beach really early (an hour before the race) and got our caps, checked in…all the normal jazz. I napped on the beach while he warmed up.
At 9:30, it was time to begin the race and we all ran into the water. Getting out to the first buoy was a struggle, and I got kicked in the face several times. It was actually really painful and I thought I might have gotten a bloody lip.
The first half of the race was pretty simple. Just swim in a straight line for 1.55 miles until you see the buoy, round the buoy, check in at the station to make sure you aren’t dead (grab water) and go back in. Similar to a water stop in road races, they have this set up in longer swims. Also to make sure you aren’t swept to sea I guess.
I got to the half way point in 36 minutes exactly grabbed some water and went back in. It was a bit of a rip current going back in and rounding the buoy…but it happens.
The second half was a similar as the first. Though for the second half, I was all by myself and no swimmers around. (Why!?) Because I was at the slower end of this race and most of them were far ahead. This was a champion style race and so most people had tapered and trained for this all summer. Me? I qualified in June then did a few swims but obviously didn’t swim everyday or anything.
I ended up going right by the ending buoy and the lifeguard on a paddleboard had to tell me to go straight in. I had gotten close to 300 yards out so I didn’t see the buoy which was 50 yards out. (I don’t know how that happened!).
I swam to the end and finished in a time of 1:10.55. (Which is roughly high 22 minute miles). It was actually a PR for me, even getting off course a bit.
**Also, I apologize for not reading your blogs. I use bloglovin.com and it has said I have no new posts in the last 2 days. I guess I’ll have to go manually look until they fix that bug. :-)
Questions for you:
Have you ever gotten off course in a race?
Have you ever done back to back races? (ie: a road race Sat and Sun…swim races…)