The longest open water swim that I'd done prior to this race was 1.2 miles last weekend (took 50 minutes). The longest swim I've ever done in the pool is 1.75 miles (1 hour and 8 minutes). I thought to myself "what do I have to lose?" My goal for the Ironman swim in Canada in August is to beat the 2 hour and 20 minute swim cutoff (if you don't finish the swim within this time they take you out of the water and you are not allowed to go on). I'm a weak swimmer (by triathlon standards), but my training times in the pool have been consistent and based on these times I felt like I could beat this cutoff time (not by a lot). Then I had a horrible swim in Miami on 4/10 and my confidence was shattered. I began to really question myself and whether or not I can really do an Ironman. So, I signed up for the half ironman on 5-1 (had a great race) and then this Ironswim on the Thursday before the race. I decided to put myself in the highest possible state of "discomfort". I'm going to feel that way during the Ironman swim, so why not now? Training is a perfect time to be uncomfortable.
So, I got on my wetsuit and touched the water with my toes. It was freezing! I decided not to do a short swim warm up. There was a swim coach giving a clinic before the swim which was cool. He had some high school kid there showing us swim techniques and of course the kid was an amazing swimmer.
For the race, Swim participants could choose to swim 2.4 miles, 1.2 miles, or 0.6 miles. The 2.4 mile swim started first and I was in wave 1. The swim course was two 1.2 mile loops. No pictures were taken during the race, but I took this one of the course (you need to zoom in to see well).
|The swim was clockwise, with the buoys alwasy on our left. We swam all the way out to the the triangle buoys, across, back to the beach, and did it again for a second loop|
|My chip to record my time - had to wear it on my wrist|
For fun, I checked the Ironman Canada swim results from 2010. While a 1:45 swim time is definitely near the bottom, there were at least 20 other people that were slower last year, so I'll have some people to talk to while I'm in the water finishing at the back of the pack! As long as I beat the cutoff, I'm happy!!
Next up: the Rev 3 Quassy Half Ironman on 6/5 (unless I can fit in a race or two before then)