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Kuta,
Indonesia
Bali Sports Foundation
75F / 24C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 03m 1s
Overall Rank = 13/15
Age Group = W Masters 5K
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Piglet. SLUUUURP. Piglet. SLUUUURP. That's pretty much this whole race report. As always, feel free to just skim the pics. Like a good research writeup, the figures and graphics can stand on their own, and the writing can stand on its own. :)

Long-term history is typhoid (rinse, repeat, throw in another tropical plague on occasion); short term is that I got back into training by trotting nicely through the Bali Triathlon a couple weeks ago. Night before I stayed up late watching Tour de Piglets, and then ... SWIMMING was on TV! I haven't watched swimming on TV since the Beijing Olympics, and I was sure it would be inspirational for my own race. :)

No, this is NOT porn. That's a SWIMMER on TV. Where's your mind? (Piglet ... SLUUURP)



Good morning!



Rut-roh. I look outside and it is cloudy, grey, and COLD.



So I bundle up in dark longsleeved clothing. (I'm actually even wearing socks and shoes).



Kinda ate some Pop Tarts with milk for breakfast (in the future I shall take this as an absolute sign of warning ... not being able to finish Pop Tarts is dire, dire indeed). Had planned to eat a bunch more in case I "just" decided to do the 10K ... but really was queasy. Stopped off for ginger ale on the way. In any case, it all kept pointing to the 5K.

Walking through the Bali Garden Hotel to get to their beach where the swim is staged from. Such pretty grounds!



Registration. Everything is super-organized and information delivered efficiently in two languages. Do you have any idea how DIFFICULT it is to achieve a minimal level of timeliness and organization in Bali? Kudos! They even had three different colors of swim cap for the three race distances (1.2km, 5K, 10K).



Red cap for Francis, the winner of the Seniors 1.2km. In a string of good decisions that day, I went with the SpeedZoot.



Behind us is the staging area; we have a wonderful cool lap pool, a shower, lots of deck furniture and lounge chairs, and then a covered pavilion as well. The facilities are great!

Here are some of the beneficiaries of the Bali Ocean swim relaxing in the pavilion:



You see, this race is a fundraiser for Bali Swim4Kids, which teaches disabled children water safety and swimming skills. Another huge selling point for it. And it's organized by the Bali Sports Foundation, which provides sporting opportunities to underprivileged children in Bali. Charities and foundations are a dime a dozen in Bali, but you won't find any better than this one. A fair few comparable and close, but not better.
Event warmup:

Warmup? For a 5K swim?! I dunno, I get pretty hot walking around taking pictures. Like these:



Siiigh. I love lifeguards / surf lifesavers. What's not to like? I mean, they save lives and all that!

This is a solid piglet lineup here. More surf lifesavers, then Rodney, our beloved Olympian race director, and at the far left Andrew Tebbutt, last year's 10K winner.



Speaking of Andrew:



Somewhere in here, I sucked down a PowerGel.

I also thought it might be a good idea to look at the race course in detail, because in addition to my mind, my body has a tendency to wander ...



The head lifeguard / assistant site director / co-emcee also explained the course, rules, safety measures etc. in detail (in two languages again! yes!) during the mandatory race briefing.

The competitors for the 10K start to line up.



Just to foreshadow ... 16 folks started and 11 finished; of the 4 women who started, 2 finished. The majority of 10K participants were surf-lifesavers (lifeguards but who also compete in the sport) and the remainder were all accomplished long-distance ocean swimmers.

I rarely make good decisions in training or races, and given that I probably shouldn't have been doing a race of any kind that day, it was an OUTSTANDING decision to do the 5K instead of the 10K.
Swim
  • 2h 03m 1s
  • 5000 meters
  • 02m 28s / 100 meters
Comments:

The trip out wasn't that bad. The course itself and the race are wonderful. The main "buoy markers" are jukungs, which are traditional small wooden Indonesian fishing boats with thwarts, from which you can request water. (Past years they had isotonic energy drinks as well; not sure about this year, but I think so). I did get a minor jellyfish sting on the neck (that nevertheless lasted a few days, NO REALLY IT'S NOT A HICKY!). There was a gorgeous bulbous umbrella jellyfish I saw off to my right, but only one; and to my great delight a flying fish zooming over the water on my left! They are amazing creatures!

I picked up a bottle of water at the 1.3km mark and guzzled half of it. Lifeguards were outstanding. There were extremely few times when I didn't have a surf paddler next to me. Passed that boat without any incident, and ... not sure how to put it ... I just started to struggle a bit. Very hard to sight the orange-flag buoy of the turnaround. Harder to swim. Hands started to go numb. I figured I was just tired, out of it, out of shape, and maybe some kind of pinching in my neck or shoulders.

Then I hit the turnaround.

And the sea was in my face. And at my sides. And washing over me from behind. And it was COLD. I really don't have much to say about the return leg (famous last words) except that it kind of felt like clawing through wet chilly cement that was smacking me from all sides.

Never mind rhythm. Never mind flawless rotation. And seriously eff turn-push-glide or whatever the hell that is. Here, there is no glide. You slow down from just windmilling your arms through as fast as you can, you're going backwards. It was a great lesson in increasing stroke rate. Otherwise, though, I was just trying to get my shoulders as far out of the water as possible and fling my arm over the chop to get another pull in. Breathe when you can. Glub when you can't. I love the taste of Kuta Bay!

Now I really couldn't feel my hands, so I kept flexing them to make sure they were still there and weren't stiffening up or something. This just added to the wet-cement feel of the water. And that hissing wind going over! Made it colder than cold!

And this is why I shouldn't do races (particularly when failing the Pop Tart test!). It simply doesn't occur to me to ask for help or stop going. It's not that I consider and reject the option; it's that it doesn't ever enter my mind at all. So I just kept ploughing through the BRRRRR wash (SpeedZoot! Smart!)

At some point I did desperately need humor to keep going, since to be honest I was pretty cold and miserable. So I played a little mind game, a variation on the "I packed a suitcase" or "I went camping" and brought (then listing items starting with A, B, C, and so forth) ... only this one was "I entered the adult entertainment industry and experienced ...". Let's just say that A stood for an Alpaca and leave it at that, mmmmmkay?

But apparently I ran out of alphabetical alpaca equivalents, because I needed a new focus. So I did what so very often rescues me from my own misery: I prayed for people.

(Grooooaaaaan) Yep, I did. And I went through the alphabet twice. I had to cheat a bit on the second round for "X", but I'm sure Alex will be happy to know.

In the meanwhile, I'd completely given up on sighting. Everything in the distance just looked like a white blur. Heck, it looked like a white blur in front of my face. But God bless the piglet (and one piglette!) paddlers who just kept swooshing along by my side, nodding encouragement and pointing the way. Don't get me wrong; I love Australia, but I didn't exactly want to wind up there that day.

My mind just closed in on the prayers and I kept windmilling along. I never did stop for water again (it didn't occur to me). I was very, very cold and my ability to think rationally (slim as that is normally) was slipping away. But finally, almost out of nowhere, there it was: the final turn boat! Calloo, callay! I flung myself around it and beelined for the big white race banners on the beach (although I still kept getting confused. Whether by that time I was so muddled or it really was just that wavy or both, I am not sure).

By the time I was near enough to shore, I was just obsessively repeating the second set of the V, W, and Y of whom I was praying for ... not even prayers, just the three names over and over. And then ... my hands started hitting bottom (I didn't even notice at first, I was really out of it and with the numb hands), so I popped up and, dammit, I'm a TRIATHLETE, we RUN out of the water! Never mind that (and I say this every year) you would NEVER have a run race where you made them swim a lap before starting the race and to end it! So I bend knee duck hop my way out of the water and shoot up (barely waddle up) the beach in between the banners for my time ... and just kept going.
What would you do differently?:

My gazillionth race, so why drop this mantra now? "Training would be a good idea ... "

Fairly enough though, just for comparison: Andrew swam 10K in just over 2hrs last year, and this year he clocked 2:42. That's with a year of training in between and admitting this year was much more difficult and he had to put in more effort.

So clearly, my time for the effort I put in would have been a 1:30 or so under fair conditions ;) ... the truth is, this year's 5K was significantly harder than last year's 10K, so I'm pretty happy with my performance overall (i.e., not drowning, and finishing).
Post race
Warm down:

Man, I love this race. The pool was a lot warmer than the ocean so I paddled around in it to defrost, although I got cold pretty quickly there too. Then hopped out to use the shower and rinse my gear off, and it was warm! Yay! I popped back into my longsleeved dark clothes and sat in the sun until I was good and toasty, then into shorts and a tank top to await the remainder of swimmers coming in from the long-distance swims.

Lunchboxes were provided, with choice of Western sandwich and fries or Indonesian fried chicken in chile sauce and rice. Well, duh! While I was snorking down my fried-chicken-in-spicy-sweet-sour-sauce (mmmm!) who should I meet but Muz, one of the smokin' hottest triathlete piglets on the island! Now I'd never actually met him in the flesh, but I knew exactly who he was.

Piglet. SLUUUUURP!



In the meanwhile, the rubber duckies (Zodiac-type boats) kept motoring in with fallout from the long-distance swims. It's a little disconcerting to watch a group of lifeguards come in with a ... lifeguard and be running him on a stretcher up to the med tent! Not an easy race!

The day started with the air and water temps around 75F, which is balmy anywhere else and frigid here. Then a good stiff wind picked up, which blew the "warm" surface water off and the noticeably colder water replaced it. So I'm thinking 70F-ish. And frankly, that's just way too cold for a bunch of tropicanos, even ones intimately familiar with it and rescuing those who aren't. Add in the ensuing chop and irregular wave patterns, and a bunch of people just couldn't make it back in on their own. Had I elected the 10K, I would definitely be one of them (or in Australia).

A few folks couldn't get their medals at the awards ceremony because they were still in the med tent, even though they'd finished.

It is definitely time for a picture! To the race and lifeguards' credit, they were amazing, and got everybody, official finisher or not, through the course and back in safely. This is my dear piglette lifeguard friend, who did the Bali Triathlon as well:



It was a big inspiration to have her paddling next to me during some of the (even more) difficult parts of the race.

Like the Bali Tri, the Bali Ocean Swim went high-tech and had rolling results showing up on a computer screen, so you could check your time and others' and see who'd come in.



While I was waiting particularly for Andrew Tebbutt to come in (last year's 10K winner ... again, it was definitely a toughie because I was well done and he hadn't come in yet), I decided to hobnob with other piglets. Here are the 1-2 duo from the 10K and Olympian race organizer Rodney Holt:



Speaking of adult entertainment, my friends, that is one nice '80s porn 'stache. And those two boys? Among the world's top surf-lifesavers (as in, the sport) and open-water swimmers. This ain't no rinky-dink village show!

Piglet Andy Wibowo (far right) is also an Olympian (swimming, Athens 2000), now triathlete, and gave out the medals ... here with the 10K lineup, including Andrew, who did finally make it in! Thank God!



pornstachepornstachepornstache ;) Look, I gave you fair warning about the contents of this blog at the very beginning, did I not? And hey ... it's not my 'stache! (Though I sure wouldn't mind wearing it)

And just as quickly as the weather came on, it left ... of course it's a beautiful bright shiny day NOW! (Note the angry grey mass at the right side of the horizon, though, that's what blew over) ... and ... I'm finished! I'm finished!



Gorgeous big sailing ship out there, so there was still definitely a good wind.



Another marvelous, adventuresome Bali Ocean Swim in the books. I pack up my stuff, say my goodbyes, and begin trotting out. And what should I spy with my little eyes parked behind me but ... Muz!



Crazy-ass had taken his bike out for a swim-cycle brick after the 5K! I told him that, due to a protest staged by the grumpy old men of the 5K who felt we should have had separate Whippersnappers and Old Farts divisions, he'd gotten a medal! He was so happy and said his kids would be so excited. And that made me really happy, because in order for the Old Farts to get their medals, I agreed to forfeit mine (look ... I was the only one in the Old Female Farts division, I can't believe I've finally reached the Geritol designation). So I've got bragging rights (WHOOPEE! 1 out of 1!) but no medal ... but there are some happy Old Farts running around and better yet, their happy kids playing with a clinking medal. (I saw Muz again today at a cafe and he mentioned that).

There's really only one thing I wanted for my efforts: a big, sloppy, white, sweet ice-cream cone. And so I went and got me one. :)



Piglets. SLUUUUUURP ...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Don't mention the T-word. Don't do it.

It was great I did the 5K, for the reasons stated, but the truth is I just wasn't fit enough for the conditions it was in and while I was fine later that day, I really suffered for it in the days following. So. Incredibly. Sore. ... and seasick!



Event comments:

As I've said in my previous comments, this is an outstanding, flawlessly-run world-class race at every level, with world-class competitors. We also got a really nice race shirt, by the way. The only room for improvement is that the website could have more comprehensive information and be updated periodically, apropos of the type of professional, excellent event this is.




Last updated: 2012-07-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
02:03:01 | 5000 meters | 02m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 13/15
Performance: Good
Suit: SpeedZoot
Course: L-shaped course: 200m out, 1.3km across and back, 200m in.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2012-07-11 2:41 PM
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Very cool event! Makes me want to start swimming!

Awesome job, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED <-- Please stop getting sick so I don't have to keep saying this

2012-07-11 2:45 PM
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Nice race report -- love the photos!
2012-07-11 2:58 PM
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Well done your Yanti-ness.  As always, great race and great RR!!!!!!! (I'd have let myself be rescued).
2012-07-11 3:01 PM
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rrrunner - 2012-07-12 3:58 AM Well done your Yanti-ness.  As always, great race and great RR!!!!!!! (I'd have let myself be rescued).

Kinda funny how I called that one before the race ever happened! I shoulda, too!

2012-07-11 3:11 PM
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I am amazed that you can swim 5K still suffering from your array of tropical diseases. I am hoping that I made the prayer list under either T or G on first or second pass.  If not, it is not a sin to lie to me.  I will still feel just as blessed. 

TW

 

 



2012-07-11 3:21 PM
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tech_geezer - 2012-07-12 4:11 AM

I am amazed that you can swim 5K still suffering from your array of tropical diseases. I am hoping that I made the prayer list under either T or G on first or second pass.  If not, it is not a sin to lie to me.  I will still feel just as blessed. 

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No! HAHAHA but the second round was Grand Geezerette, double score for two G's! I seriously thought about "winner winner chicken dinner" and her crawling across the table to sit in your lap. And how you said the years with your girls growing up were the best in history ever. I guess I just couldn't imagine anything more pleasant.

Not so much 5K ... but that I swam THIS 5K. But yeah, I shouldn't have.

2012-07-11 3:21 PM
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Great report, as usual.   70.  BRrrrrrrrr 
2012-07-11 3:32 PM
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ChrisM - 2012-07-12 4:21 AM Great report, as usual.   70.  BRrrrrrrrr 

We're temperature wusses here. It's been steady 90s past few weeks. Heck, I was even wearing a speedsuit but I did feel sorry for the true-tropical lowfat Speedo piglets, especially the ones getting hauled out!

I bow to you, my splendid-calved mermanspiration ...

2012-07-11 3:56 PM
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You ROCK!!

 

Stay healthy Kiss

2012-07-11 4:38 PM
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Mmmmm, piglets...  Thanks for the lovely piglet pics and the other race pics, too!  Your race reports are always top notch in description and photos.  Congrats on finishing the race in such nasty conditions, yikes!  I can't quite imagine doing a 5000 meter swim...


2012-07-11 6:24 PM
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Way to fight through Yanti!!!
2012-07-11 9:15 PM
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Well done, Yant.  You're a stud.  There aren't very many people (wait...there is NO ONE else) I know who would show up to a 5k ocean swim with no (training) and not die - literally.  Really - you're one tough chick!   Glad you made it through the freezing concrete.  But you know who else is a stud? The piglet in the red striped suit with the green and white shades.  yum.  sluuurp.  I'm coming to Bali.

AND, awesomely entertaining RR, as usual!!

 



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2012-07-11 9:53 PM
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Smart choices were made for this race! Great job!

Nice race too! Sounds BRUTAL.

2012-07-11 10:54 PM
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Great job, girl. Umm. Some of those cute Speedos on those guys aren't quite covering the full Monty. (or back Monty or something.)
2012-07-12 6:06 AM
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Yet again, I bow to your water born awesomeness and toughness. Nice job, both on a tough event and on the RR.


2012-07-12 6:44 AM
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Great swim Yanti-hotness. No wonder you got hypothermia in Melb if 70f is cold for you!!Rest up well and get healthy again so we can follow/stalk your IMWA training.....
2012-07-12 8:36 AM
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Great job Yanti.  I'm thoroughly impressed by your ability to complete a distance swim like that.  Especially considering the lack of the "T" word, and your various tropical plagues.

Congrats!!

2012-07-12 9:01 AM
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Outstanding work, my dear Princess Presser! Considering your various bouts with an alphabet of tropical maladies, you fought through and beat this thing to the ground. Congrats.

Now I need to go find some Indonesian fried chicken with chile sauce & rice. My god, that sounds fantastic!

2012-07-12 4:12 PM
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Dear Yanti,

First of all, I love you.

Second of all, please get healthy.

Third, start training so I don't have to worry so much when you decide to race despite lack of training.

Fourth, post more piglet pictures.

Love,

Badger-Moose-Jen

PS: Totally a porn stache.



Edited by Artemis 2012-07-12 4:12 PM
2012-07-12 4:24 PM
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Awesome report as per usual.  You're a crazy girl but I think that's what I like about you so much.


2012-07-13 3:45 AM
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Wonderful work as always, love.
2012-07-13 4:53 AM
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Excellent Yanti Doll, absolutely excellent!!

2012-07-13 8:54 AM
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As awlays everythign you do is an adventure of epic proportions glad you ahd fun and made it out safely !
2012-07-13 11:02 AM
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I love your race reports, thank you yanti
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