Happy birthday to me, and how do I celebrate my birthday, sitting down, chilling, eating lots... no! I decided to get up at 7:30 this morning to get out for my first open water sea swim. I had the call late Sunday night to say some of the club were meeting in the morning for a swim so me being me I never turn down a chance to train.
We met at 9am sharp and we were in the water by 9:05, I managed to get my new wetsuit on with no troubles, it was a great to get get some use out of the suit that I wasn't sure I was going to get about a month ago as the supplier went bust. The sun was beaming down and it was pretty hot at that time of the morning, and getting into a black wetsuit only made me hotter, until I stepped into that water... oh my it was cold.
After letting some water down my neck by opening the top of my wetsuit it took my breathe away! I stuck my head under the water and I couldn't see a thing, but that wasnt an issue, it was the taste of teh salt water... It made me gag! I managed the first 250 meters with 3 stops, these stop were required for me to gag due to the salt water. I'm not normally one for swimming in the sea but if I want to compete I need to get over that. Im sure I will get over the taste of the water soon, I'll keep on going and im sure I get through it! Its not as bad as Marmite! :)
As this was my first session in the open water I was happy with my stroke considering I was concentrating on my breathing but I definitely got tired quicker, but for a starter I was happy. I was also concentrating on my sighting which I thought was pretty good, although some of the others in the group may need some work as one of the group bumped into me twice! :)
On the bad side, I have got a nasty rash on my neck from the wet suit.. I'll have to put my rash vest on for a training swim next time and Vaseline for race day.
Duration 01 30 00
Distance 1250 meters