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BP Ultimate/BRW Corporate Triathlon - Swim400 Freestyle

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Gold Coast, Queensland
25C / 77F
Total Time = 50m 22s
Overall Rank = 25/185
Age Group = Corporate Male?
Age Group Rank = 15/54
Pre-race routine:

Yesterday I was acting sherpa to the SANTOS team at the BRW triathlon. It rolls round to 8:00am and FH's team swimmer still hasn't shown up...

So we head on down to the tent and all of a sudden I'm subbing into the swim leg of the tri. O_O

FH rips of his gear (he was doing the cycle leg - so he had his own bike pants on underneath) and handed me his shorts and shirt and got a medium set out of the box for himself. I put on the rather nice scody gear for the SANTOS team. My only critiscm of the gear was the fact it was white with blue accents. With the dark sand that was kicked up during and after the swim, my gear ended up filthy...

All of a sudden I'm CAPPED and heading to the start line... I've gone from being a spectator to a competator in a matter of mere minutes!
Event warmup:

the 4km walk up to the race location from the hotel. :)
  • 08m 27s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

Hooter goes off... It's a 60m sprint in ankle deep water before the swim actually starts. So of course I'm at the freaking BACK of the pack in my wave by that stage because I was supposed to be a MAN!!! Yes. I was now competing in the corporate MALES heat...

When we hit the water it was business as usual... OBVIOUSLY I didn't have my goggles since I was supposed to be the sherpa today. So I kept my eyes shut and only opened them when I was sighting. The result sent me on a winding corse instead of straight and narrow...

LOTS of people in the water. One guy grabbed onto my leg and actully pulled me UNDER to get past. I gave him a good kick when he let go and swam past him anyway. I was flying round the buoys. A lot of people were doing breaststroke or dog paddle to go round em and I dived under and freestyled round on the inside of them to end up in front again.

Sight for home and gun it. Four strokes to a breath... 10 breathes before sighting again.

One of the girls from my work was there cheering on her hubby and she saw me swimming and cheered as I got up out of the sand. LOL
What would you do differently?:

BE PREPARED.. rock up with a set of goggles in my backpack.
Post race
Warm down:

Handed the timing chip over to FH and watched him race. His time was 00:19:53 for 10km, overall he placed 6, and he placed 5 for our group. FH's workmate ran 4km in 00:22:01 placing him 62nd overall, 29 in our age group. Cooled down by eating apples and drinking some gatorade...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No goggles, No clue I was going to ROPED into this. O_O

Event comments:

It was an average result for me. I quite enjoyed being involved... But the highlight for me was getting emma snowsill's autograph on my hat!

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Last updated: 2008-04-28 12:00 AM
00:08:27 | 400 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 43/54
Overall: 121/185
Performance: Good
Course: A U shaped couse. 50m running on a sandbar before hitting swimming death.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 23C / 73F Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-04-28 6:15 PM

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Subject: BP Ultimate/BRW Corporate Triathlon

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Subject: RE: BP Ultimate/BRW Corporate Triathlon
FH is in most of these photos.  I'm in the last one! 
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