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Townsville, Queensland
Australia
Townsville open Water Swim Association
25C / 77F
Precipitation
Total Time = 58m 17s
Overall Rank = 53/70
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 10/13
Pre-race routine:

rush to get organised
rush to get to race
rush to realise I am rushing!
Event warmup:

shiver in the rain
dip toe in water and think WTF
look at 9 year old and 79 year old next to me and say "I can do this". I am proud to say I beat the pants of both those two!!!! YEAH! lol.
Swim
  • 58m 17s
  • 2700 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters
Comments:

I had a major anxiety attack in the first 500 meters . As this was my very first open water swim I was not mentally prepared for murky water, slight chop and lots of people.

Once I got myself together I was great. I really enjoyed the swim.

I feel like I am hooked in swimming in competitions.
What would you do differently?:

Many many things but most of all I would eat and drink plenty before the race day.
Post race
Warm down:

eat
eat
eat

What limited your ability to perform faster:

general fitness and early anxiety

Event comments:

Thankyou to all the volunteers who helped make this day great.




Last updated: 2010-04-24 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:58:17 | 2700 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 53/70
Performance: Good
Suit: sluggers, goggles, my body
Course: 2.7 river open water swim. This was a swim up against the current for 90% with a turn around at the bridge back to the pontoon about 200 meters downstream.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0C / 0F Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2010-04-24 12:36 AM

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2010-04-24 7:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Liz Birch memorial King and Queen of the river
Nice work! Sounds like a great race. I wish we had OWS races here. The lakes are just too small, I think.
2010-04-24 11:11 PM
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Congrats, that's a long OWS, well done, especially for your first OWS.

2010-04-24 11:20 PM
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Congratulations!!  This will pave the way for future events
2010-04-25 8:12 PM
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yeah ... it has paved the way for feeling slightly hooked!

I cold not sleep last night as I was going through in a nice way the entire race and almost reliving stroke for stroke, Breath for Breath.  Was a really weird feeling.

I am now getting excited about my first Salt water open water swim. It will be a 5 km swim.
2010-04-25 9:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Liz Birch memorial King and Queen of the river
well done man.. great time.

makes me wish I had HTFU and competed now.. Frown 


2010-04-25 9:46 PM
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I could always send you a can of HTFU if you really want.     haha!

See you at the strand.
2010-04-27 10:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Liz Birch memorial King and Queen of the river
some photos and a link to the photos.

http://www.magneticislandswim.com.au/default.asp?PageID=101&n=2010+Austax+River+Swim 

I am in iamge 3 , 5, and 9.

In 3 I am the one swimming!
in 5 I am the bald headed bloke sitting on the weir wall
and in 9 I am the bloke swimming next to the fellow in the blue stinger suit.





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