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Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive - SwimOther


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Venice, California
United States
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 04m 44s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Shuffled around in sweats looking like one of Venice's finest homeless people. Got body-marked. Put a swim cap on and earplugs in.
Event warmup:

Got in the water up to my knees.
Swim
  • 04m 44s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards
Comments:

This was crazy fun on New Year's Day ... a bunch of L.A. idiots in Speedos decide to go race in the ocean. There's a mini-course called Amateurs where people just hop in and out (or go round a buoy that's at the surfline), and then the Pros (awesome! I got to go in the Pros wave!) actually do a 300m race.

Look! There's purple in my graph. Heh. I haven't swum in six months. The water was BITCHING cold ... it was tough to breathe and move first getting in. I did head-up free at first and focused on breathing meditation, then was able to put my head in the water after about 50 yards.

The rest went really smoothly, although occasionally I popped my head up and did a breaststroke to sight and get around others.

I came in about mid-pack, which was great for being with a bunch of ocean swimmers, and my time was decent for a swim where you ran in and had to get past the surfline.
What would you do differently?:

Get fully wet or at least get my face wet and practice breathing in the cold water before the race. Oh, and maybe swim sometimes?
Post race
Warm down:

Did a full-body change right there on Venice Beach. :) I had a towel around me for most of it, though.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ummm ... not swimming for six months? Bloody cold?




Last updated: 2009-01-01 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:04:44 | 300 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Speedo
Course: Rectangular-ish, more like a lopsided quadrilateral. Around two buoys.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 54F / 12C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-01-01 3:39 PM

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Melon Presser
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Subject: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive


2009-01-01 4:04 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive

What a great way to start off the new year!

I *heart* purple!

2009-01-01 4:08 PM
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Champion
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
What a fun way to start the new year!
2009-01-01 5:05 PM
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Veteran
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
Great race. I would like to hear more how you use breathing to calm down during a race.

John


2009-01-01 5:11 PM
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Royal(PITA)
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive

Only you would do this   I think it's great!  Speedy time for not swimming in so many months too

Like Beth, I *heart* purple too.

2009-01-01 8:15 PM
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
LOL! Sounds like a fun time. Personally, I can't even imagine an ocean swim this time of year.

Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!


2009-01-01 8:42 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
Awesome job. I 2nd the idea of giving more info on getting your breathing under control out there in the water. I've struggled with that twice last year.
2009-01-01 9:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
Congrats Yanti...way to bring in the new year!  Very impressive to be in the pros wave!  
2009-01-02 1:55 AM
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Expert
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
You, darling, are FANTASTIC. What an insanely impressive way to kick off 2009!
2009-01-02 11:33 AM
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Master
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Great job getting in the water and swimming like a fish!!!  I haven't been in the pool in over three months and will most likely sink!

Take care and keep moving!!!

2009-01-02 12:11 PM
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Iron Donkey
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive

That's pretty dang speedy there!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!



2009-01-02 12:19 PM
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Pro
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
Brrrrrrr!!!  Awesome job, Yanti. 
2009-01-02 2:16 PM
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Master
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umm...how did I not hear about this swim!!!
2009-01-02 2:59 PM
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Cycling Guru
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive

I'll bet you could cut glass with the girls after that sort of swim!!

Congrats on being insane getting out there and kicking butt with so little swim fitness!  Would have crushed any sort of time I could have put up!

2009-01-02 3:44 PM
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Veteran
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
Woo Hoo!  Nice swim!  You must have been WIDE awake after that little dip.  54 degrees.  Yikes!  WTG!
2009-01-03 8:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive

Very nice.  Great way to end and start old and new years!

Here we wear wet suits in August what whimps we are!  Well done!



2009-01-03 2:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
You are a naturally gifted swimmer!! I'd still be standing on the beach asking someone, "they want me to do what??" LOL!! Did I read your report correctly in that you swam in that cold of water in only your swimsuit? OMG!! You are one tough lady! I too would like to hear about your breathing and calming yourself down in that situation. Thanks Yanti for a great report!
2009-01-03 3:32 PM
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Expert
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive

Nice job!   You're nuts for getting out there.  But I guess it goes with this TRI stuff! Great way to get out there and start the year off right.

You've done much more swimming that I have done this year! :-)

2009-01-04 8:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
You are awesome.  I live vicariously through you....  I doubt that I would ever have the courage to do that.  Again....AWESOME!! 
2009-01-07 12:26 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive
Okay...you haven't swam in six months AND were in frigid water AND swam with your head up and still went 1:35 per 100! You are crazy fast, girl! Good job! Sounds like a fun way to kick off 2009!
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