November 29, 2010 in Uncategorized
Have you ever tried swimming in the Atlantic Ocean? It’s freezing! I mean icy, icy cold, enough to make your bones feel like they’re going brittle and splintering into a thousand little pieces.
I don’t know how surfers and kite surfers do it. Granted my wet suit is only a ¾ one so I had a lot more exposed flesh that was truly ideal, but still. It’s really, really cold.
Anyway, as you can gather, I finally got around to a sea-swim in preparation for my upcoming triathlon this weekend.
It was a bit of a swim-fail however as there were no lifeguards on duty and as soon as we headed out to sea with a group of rocks as our half-way mark, some heavy mist rolled in out of nowhere and within minutes we couldn’t see the rocks and the beach was barely visible.
Not ideal conditions to go swimming in.
The waves were also getting a bit rough and at one point there was talk of a rip tide… I’m not that clued up on sea-going-lingo but I know that’s not a good thing.
So after about 20 minutes of haphazard swimming we gave it up for a bad joke. Please God the weather is better on Sunday and the sea isn’t so volatile. As it is 600m is still frightening me, but with waves and currents and hundreds of other swimmers all around me it will be even worse.
After that I decided to hit the gym on Sunday to rather try out a mini-tri and see how my legs would hold out for the transitions. Again the swimming really floored me, I’m clearly not very swimming fit and realising this so close to the race date is more than a little terrifying. Alas nothing more I can do except practice.
I then moved onto the bike and rode that for 25 minutes before hitting the treadmill for a quick 20 minute run. It wasn’t as bad as I thought and my legs held out quite well, although I messed up my shoulder during the swimming. #swimmingfail
However I’m not kidding myself that it’s going to be that easy on the day, especially with wind and all the other delights training outdoors brings with it. For starters there’s no big white line at the bottom of the sea to follow while I’m swimming.
Can you tell how many times I’ve talked myself into and out of this race? I’m super nervous, just have to hope that all the cross-training I have done at Cape CrossFit and my running will get me through it. Words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!