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Sydney, New South Wales
Australia
28C / 82F
Overcast
Total Time = 22m 34s
Overall Rank = 149/261
Age Group = F 25-34
Age Group Rank = 12/22
Pre-race routine:

Turned off my alarm just before 7... at 7:45 (the time I was meant to be picking up my friend who was being my support crew) I checked the time and panicked as I was still in bed! Oops!!!

Threw on my swimsuit and some clothes, grabbed my bag Id packed the night before and made a PB sandwich in 2 seconds which I ate while driving to pick up my friend. Whoops!!!

Picked her up... got her bike in the car (we were going for a ride post swim) and headed into the city and parked in the Opera House.
Event warmup:

Walked into the botannical gardens and stood in the registration que, my friend who was also doing the 1k event with me joined us and we found a patch of grass, sipped on some water while the first event took place and before we knew it... it was time to go!

Headed to the coral area and jumped off the wharf andinto the water... was a little colder than I expected which took me by surprise.


Swim
  • 22m 34s
  • 1100 meters
  • 02m 03s / 100 meters
Comments:

I was starting in a wave with the 13-34 year olds both Male and Female... expecting some chaos at the start and a lot of people who have never done a mass start I seeded myself a couple of rows back and out to the side.

Chatted to a couple of guys while I was floating around in the water (groups of men in speedos is always a little hit and miss!) and then they called the start. Let the first rows of swimmers get moving then off I went.

As always it took a little time for me to settle into anything with a rhythm. There was quite a swell and the lack of training in it really showed for me but it wasnt so bad... I found spotting really hard as I often couldnt see the buoys but at the start they had said aim for the upright buoy.

Couldnt find any decent feet to follow so I got into my own rhythm andtried to spot every 10 strokes or so... not too bad and then I felt something weird against my hand as I pulled it through the water... and again.. JELLY FISH!!! Harmless thankfully but weird to the touch when you ran into them.

Kept swimming towards the upright buoy... I had lots of clear water and couldnt work out what as going on... approached it and had a life guard yelling at me... turns out I was heading to the WRONG BUOY and got sent back to the other turning buoy...ARRRGH!!

That would have cost me at least a few minutes and a few hundred metres at best... turns out there were to right hand turns around a first a straight swim between the TWO upright buoys then another right hand turn to head back to the Opera House/wharf.

So I headed back on course... around the correct buoy... yelled for instructions... found out about the second buoy (the one I originally swam to) so rounded that and headed for home.

The first time I lifted my head to sight the wharf on the return I was hit with just how AWESOME this event is... I was swimming towards the Sydney Opera House with the bridge just behind it! What a view!

The swell increased on the return journey and had a few moments where it broke on my head while I was breathing but that was without major dramas... as I headed towards the steps at the wharf one of the life guards out on her board shouted encouragement and I managed a big smile and a thankyou!

Hit the steps and got upright... then took a couple of steps loosing my balance onto a lifeguard that was standing there... oops!!!

Walked over the timing mat and looked at my watch... pretty happy with my time for my first real OWS event in the ocean!
What would you do differently?:

Double check the course as I probably would have hit my goal time of 20 minutes if I hadnt made my mistake swimming to completely the wrong buoy.

I managed to sight a lot better than I have in the past but that still needs work!

All in all this was fun and I finished a solid MOP
Post race
Warm down:

My friend was waiting with my towel and bag when I got in, we waited for my other friend to arrive. She had run into a work colleague who had also swum but unfortunatley hadnt finished due to getting freaked out.

We headed over and got out goody bags...nothing really interesting but they did give us nudies (fruit smoothies) which were great for getting the taste of salt water out of the mouth!

We then wandered off to the Opera House to sit outside by the harbour with some coffee and toast!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sighting! Sighting! Sighting! Oh and not being 100% sure on the course... ooops!

Event comments:

Because of the location this is a race worth doing... Its got a seriously laid back vibe compared to the tris Ive done... everything went on time and its well manned with surf lifesavers on boards and boats plus divers under the water.

Its not designed to be a major event but you go, you race and you appreciate how awesome Sydney Harbour is. Im glad I did it!

Just wish they had different coloured buoys out there so you knew what you were aiming for!




Last updated: 2009-02-21 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:22:34 | 1100 meters | 02m 03s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/22
Overall: 22/261
Performance: Average
Suit: No
Course: Out back course in the harbour to and from the Sydney Opera House along side the Botannical gardens
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-03-01 2:04 AM

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2009-03-01 4:18 AM
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Master
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Awesome swim!!! It looks like a lot of fun. I think you did an awesome time! I also think you're really brave swimming in the harbour with all the recent shark attacks - although all the lifesavers and divers would have been reassuring

 

2009-03-01 4:55 AM
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Melon Presser
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Awesome job on the Sydney HABA Swim

So glad you decided to do this race, you are a racer at heart and such a good one. Ah, buoys, no matter how you spell it, buoys, boys, they are trouble

And you got a NUDIE at the end, how can it be bad?

2009-03-01 7:03 AM
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Royal(PITA)
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Sweet job out there! 

Sighting is my downfall in OWS too.  You did fabulous!

Nudie?  Hmmm, maybe I need to visit Austalia

2009-03-01 7:12 AM
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MotoQueen
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Sounds like a great race.  I would imagine that the site of the bridge and opera house could bring a race to a stand still (well, water treading) being that awesome.  Great job Cat!
2009-03-01 8:10 AM
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Great job!

Super location and very cool place to do a race...so glad you did it

Solid MOP rocks!



2009-03-01 9:15 AM
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Great place for a swim. I'm sure it was amazing, even with the jellyfish!
2009-03-01 9:44 AM
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Great job on the swim!!!  That sounds like a pretty awesome location for a swim race.  Glad the jellies didn't cause any problems for you.  They do feel so weird when you touch them!
2009-03-01 10:04 AM
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Master
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Great job! Sounds like a fun race. Jelly fish would freak me out.
2009-03-01 1:21 PM
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WOW ! Awesome job Cat! You should be aquagirl!
2009-03-01 1:53 PM
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Great race report.  Sounds like a beautiful place for a swim, you are so lucky.

Congrats.  Here is to better sighting next time!



2009-03-01 2:05 PM
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then took a couple of steps loosing my balance onto a lifeguard that was standing there... oops!!!


Was it a good-looking guy, at least? If so, you should have taken a few minutes to get your balance back!


nothing really interesting but they did give us nudies....


Say what???? Good thing you explained they were fruit smoothies.... LOL

GREAT JOB, CAT! Absolutely fantastic job, especially given the swells and all.



2009-03-01 3:28 PM
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Great Job Cat!!!
2009-03-01 5:08 PM
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Great race! You go girl!
2009-03-01 5:47 PM
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TriAya - 2009-03-01 9:55 PM

 Ah, buoys, no matter how you spell it, buoys, boys, they are trouble

Couldnt have said it better myself!

2009-03-01 5:48 PM
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boyesnberry - 2009-03-02 2:15 AM Great place for a swim. I'm sure it was amazing, even with the jellyfish!

Well I didnt realise until this morning something got me! There is what looks like a sting mark across my tummy under my rib cage.... its kind of annoying!



2009-03-01 5:49 PM
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aquagirl - 2009-03-02 6:21 AM WOW ! Awesome job Cat! You should be aquagirl!

High praise indeed - Maybe if I stick at it I can get a body like yours

2009-03-01 5:50 PM
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D001 - 2009-03-02 7:05 AM
then took a couple of steps loosing my balance onto a lifeguard that was standing there... oops!!!
Was it a good-looking guy, at least? If so, you should have taken a few minutes to get your balance back!

Ummm no... it was a little woman... I worried if Id really lost it I would have knocked her over and squished her...

She was very nice about it though!

2009-03-01 6:36 PM
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Nice effort out there yesterday. Awesome result!
2009-03-01 6:50 PM
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Mesa
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Good job Super Cat!

With some sighting practice you be FMOP!
2009-03-01 7:12 PM
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You are a little fishy! Just keep swimming, swimming.... Great job! Next time I come to Sydney I want to swim there, that must have been a great site from the water.  How cold was the water?


2009-03-01 8:54 PM
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tritwinmom - 2009-03-02 12:12 PM You are a little fishy! Just keep swimming, swimming.... Great job! Next time I come to Sydney I want to swim there, that must have been a great site from the water.  How cold was the water?

Not sure... they didnt announce the temp and I didnt think to look...

Cold enough for it to be a bit of a shock when you jumped in but cool enough to still feel nice and comfortable throughout the swim. Probably close to perfect for swimming in nothing by a swimsuit actually!

2009-03-02 7:59 AM
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Nice job on the swim in the swells & jellies!
2009-03-02 12:05 PM
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Master
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Beautiful job! 
2009-03-02 12:58 PM
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great race Cat! even with the wrong turn! kiu!

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