The Swim – 1.2 mi (or 1931 meters)
The swim is an in-water start off of a floating dock. Waves go every three minutes and the swim is a fairly narrow triangle. There are small peg type buoys set up very frequently. There is a large orange sighting buoy halfway out, another large buoy where you turn left, then swim 100m to the next orange buoy, then turn around and head back. One final sighting buoy halfway back.
There was still a bit of fog on the lake when we went off. It was absolutely beautiful out there.
The water was quite warm. Officially 69F, so wetsuit legal for everyone! After you move away from the floating dock the water is quite clear.
The buoys are actually all tethered to a yellow cable. Because the water is clear enough, if you swim close enough to the cable you can actually follow that the entire way and have minimal sighting to do on the swim. I had started to the outside, but wound up moving inwards toward the pack to avoid getting off course too much, then found the yellow cable shortly thereafter. Since I am a back of the pack swimmer I knew I would be in a prime position for getting run over by the fast swimmers in subsequent waves. I was willing to take that over going off course and sighting all of the time.
The next wave behind me were the men 40-44. My feet were touched a couple of times, but it seemed like as soon as they found you they would move out of your way. No big deal.
Swim, swim, swim…I felt like things were going so well. That I was swimming efficiently and moving well.
When the next wave of speedy swimmers arrived, the women 35-39, things changed. The lead swimmers were very aggressive. If they found your feet they were beating at your feet and pulling on them. I just wanted each of us to move out of the way and swim on. They wanted to fight a bit more.
At the time I didn’t think it affected me, but when things got more interesting I think I wound up swallowing more water and more air than normal. I tried to burp a few times to sort things out but nothing. Little did I realize how much my “nutrition” on the swim would affect my race day…
The swim ends at a boat ramp, so it was a pretty easy run up and out of the water:
No wetsuit strippers here though, so you are on your own for that one.
1.2 mi in 45:46 (2:24/100m)
F30-34: 38 out of 50 swim finishers