Wild Fish One and Two Mile Swim - Swim

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Salem, Massachusetts
United States
B&S Fitness
75F / 24C
Total Time = 32m 48s
Overall Rank = 71/113
Age Group = 19-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Race wasn't until 1 pm, so I ate breakfast at around 8:30, had coffee, and then tried to drink a lot of water all morning. We showed up at around 12:15, I signed in and warmed up. I'm glad I did, because the salt water and the ocean temperature, even in the cove, took some getting used to (no wetsuit).
  • 32m 48s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

I was much more disoriented than I've been in previous open water (lake) swims. This was my first ocean swim, and I think the water was moving a lot more than I thought it was, and I spent a lot of energy keeping my body position and fighting to swim straight for the buoys. It seemed they were always just a little to the left, and that I was always on the outside of the group, which was frustrating. At one point, I was thinking I'd missed a buoy, and in the 3rd quarter of the race I was convinced I was the last person in the water since I'd been passed by so many people in the first stretch.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder, start further back (this group was much faster than a typical triathlon swim group, I think), think more positively about my progress, challenge myself to swim harder earlier on, especially between the 2nd and 4th buoys.
Post race
Warm down:

Wiped the grime off my chin, threw on a shirt, and grabbed some pizza for my hungry daughter. Drank water/gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Initial shock at the cold, even with the warm up, discouraging thoughts, disorientation, (mostly due to) lack of training.

Event comments:

This was a lot of fun. I'd probably have more fun if I were there with other people I knew. If I have the chance to do it again, I'll probably try the two-mile. I have new respect for people who swim in the ocean. This was a pretty sheltered cove, and it was such a different experience than lake swims I've done. Also, if I do it again, I'm definitely going to the massage tent. My back muscles were really sore today, in a way that doesn't usually happen when I swim!

Last updated: 2009-05-13 12:00 AM
00:32:48 | 1760 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 71/113
Performance: Average
Suit: TYP swimsuit
Course: Counter-clockwise around 6 orange buoys, 1 loop for us one-milers, 2 loops for the brave souls who raced two miles.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4