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St Croix Coral Reef Swim - Swim

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Christened, USVI
United States Minor Outlying Islands
84F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 57m
Overall Rank = 45/69
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Drove to the resort, took boat ride to the start (Buck Island)
Event warmup:

25 meters from beach to make sure googles wouldn't leak.
  • 2h 57m 44s
  • 8046 meters
  • 02m 13s / 100 meters

Really struggled with sighting as swimmers were spread out all over the ocean. Difficult to see the buoy in swells. Was proud of my finish but the time was just awful (Ironman swims at 1:03 and 1:05) so my pace was WAY off. I'm sure I swam all over the ocean. My mouth was completely raw from the salt water.

Spotted: A nurse shark and a ray joined me on the swim. Tons of fish and had to duck a jelly or two during the swim.
What would you do differently?:

More glide on my body. Wasn't sure where I would chafe. Now I know :)

Mouthwash to rinse when done.
Post race
Warm down:

2 buckets of presidente beer, post race banquet buffet, and 7 days of heavy drinking.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Eye Sight

Event comments:

Race Dir & Staff have this event down (24 yrs), including a prerace meeting with course overview, smooth boat ride to the event start, and a great post race buffet and ceremony.

Last updated: 2019-11-18 12:00 AM
02:57:44 | 8046 meters | 02m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/69
Performance: Average
Course: Start at Buck Island, crossing Caribbean (1.9 miles) to St Croix and a right turn to resort (3.1 miles)
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2019-11-18 10:44 AM

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