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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Peluso Open Water Swimming
88F / 31C
Sunny
Total Time = 27m 9s
Overall Rank = 52/53
Age Group = 45+
Age Group Rank = 6/6
Pre-race routine:

Got to the river, grabbed my chip, got marked. Yay for sharpie, been a LONG time since I got body marked. Hung out while the late comers arrived, he had the kayaks out setting up the bouys so no warm up until 6 PM....
Event warmup:

Got in and swam a couple hundred yards, didn't do a lot. Problem with a race at this hour is I am hungry. Don't want to swim on a full belly but being hungry makes it hard for me to settle down. so I didn't do much. River temp was nice, air felt cool when I go out of the warm up and we had another 15 minutes to wait for the start.
Swim
  • 27m 9s
  • 820 yards
  • 03m 17s / 100 yards
Comments:

This was the first time for this event. The guy who sponsored it is from the tri club and hosts OWS practice at this venue throughout the summer. He penned off a few of the tri club swims as race days, was well organized with sponsors and timing chips. He had plenty of kayak and paddle board support on the course.

I started off feeling pretty decent then quickly found my breathing go downhill. So within the first third of the course I had rolled onto my back and backstroked a bit to settle down. Jay (event organizer/ race director) kept paddling his kayak over to me cause I had veered too far out so I settled my azz down and started to freestyle again.

Then Laurie paddles over to me cause I am not sighting well (heads out into the sun and even with dark goggles the glare kills me). I treaded a second to get my breath and bearings then continued on. I was doing pretty well, finally getting into a bit of a groove by 2/3 of the way out but some of the fast swimmers collided with me knocking my goggles off. I had to pause again to reset my goggles. The kayaker there asked if I was okay. Yes, fine. Just resetting the goggles since I have contacts in and need to see to drive home!

It seemed once I got past that part I really settled into my groove, slow.....but steadily moving and sighting pretty well. Finally turned the bouy (NEVER thought I would get to the damn thing!) and headed back with the current. By this time I am thinking I am alone in the river with the exception of the kayakers and paddle board guys. Felt fine passing the yellow bouys, nice to count them off knowing I was almost done. Had to turn around the last bouy and swim cross current to the boat ramp. I did swim until my hands hit the mucky bottom at least.

Jay called out to me to run up the ramp as I was exiting the water. I answered not a chance with my gastrocs issues. I really thought I was DFL, then I sas a guy still swimming who finished at least 10 minutes after me.


What would you do differently?:

I am historically not a good swimmer. I am a bit disappointed in my time, but this is my first OWS since the Rockett's Landing race last July. We've had a pretty rainy spring and the river has been high so no real chance to get in until tonight.

I need more time to get comfortable in OWS, should have forced myself to do more of a warm up.

I forgot my ear plugs so the current was a little disorienting, but not a huge factor.
Post race
Warm down:

walked up the ramp, grabbed some pineapple & a bottle of water

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Myself. I didn't settle into my swim until almost 2/3 of the way out

Event comments:

This was the first time for this race. He had at least 4 kayaks and 3 paddle boards out on the course. It was well marked with the bouys. He could use a bull horn to be a bit louder, but it was very well organized. I felt safe and unthreatened by the other swimmers.....even though I got beaned! I am looking forward to seeing how I do over the series this summer!




Last updated: 2011-05-04 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:27:09 | 820 yards | 03m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/6
Overall: 52/53
Performance: Average
Suit:
Course: straight out and back against the current to start up 375 meter, turn and back straight turn around the orange bouys run up the boat ramp.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average 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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2011-06-03 7:38 PM

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Royal(PITA)
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2011-06-03 9:11 PM
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Expert
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Way to go Judi. This sounds like a very fun and CHALLENGING event. I can't imagine what swimming in a river with a current must be like!  Great job.
2011-06-03 9:47 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Peluso Open Water Series
Really, be proud.  That you would even consider this event takes guts.  Some day I have to do a river swim. 
2011-06-04 5:58 AM
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Great job with race!  First time in the OWS since last year takes some getting used to!!

You'll be more comfortable for the next one and then your swim training will take over!
2011-06-04 12:20 PM
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Elite
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Good job Judy  

It is always weird to get back into open water after almost year!

2011-06-04 2:27 PM
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Melon Presser
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Heeere, fishie fishie fishie CONGRATULATIONS!!! Look--your performance has nothing to do with being a fishie, and everything to do with continuing to work on your OWS skills. (cough Assateague cough)



2011-06-04 3:22 PM
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Master
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Well done Judi... it does sound like you have some improvement available to you, but that's what this series is for you. To get comfortable in OWS racing and for motivation to keep training. Great work!

CONGRATULATIONS on not drowning or being DFL.
2011-06-04 8:41 PM
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Champion
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As someone who also struggles with swimming......your progress through the event and how you got in your grove while sticking with it...rocks!

 

2011-06-05 8:39 PM
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Science Nerd
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Subject: RE: Peluso Open Water Series
Sounds like it was a good start to OWS season!  Getting your goggles knocked off is no fun and I've definitely had the same problems sighting with the sun and the glare there.  Is this where the Friday night swims usually are? 
2011-06-05 8:47 PM
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Royal(PITA)
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Artemis - 2011-06-05 8:39 PM Sounds like it was a good start to OWS season!  Getting your goggles knocked off is no fun and I've definitely had the same problems sighting with the sun and the glare there.  Is this where the Friday night swims usually are? 

Yes, at the TECA site.  Have to sign up on his website.  He keeps it a small field so you need to sign up early to do either of the other 2 events in this series

2011-06-06 6:08 AM
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Champion
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Hey! Cut yourself some slack.  The first OWS of the year is always hard and in a race situation it is that much harder.  Forge on!


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