After a long season of training – the day was finally here. So many magic moments happened in the lead up to it and I’m grateful for the people in my life who helped make it happen.
I completed this swim in 27.14 – not my fastest – but better than the 32mins the year before and felt much better at the start than last year too.
I decided to hold off from Pier 2 Perignon this year, because wasn’t sure with the body how it would handle the longer distance – but certainly wasn’t going to miss out on the Portsea Classic.
The water is always spectacular and the event is really well organised – so I was glad to enter it again.
Main takeaways from the swim:
- Be prepared to handle the unpredictable – Overall I knew what would happen throughout, but there were moments especially coming around the buoys when lots of people were getting around them – that I needed to just pull back a touch and go around the swarms 🙂
- Have a clear outcome for the swim – For me, I knew that I could easily do the distance – it was more about having specific outcomes – for example, at the start I wanted to be a fair way to the right to allow me to go to the deeper water straight away to get around the slower swimmers and get to the faster current. I wanted to complete the swim in a particular time, but at the same time as conditions are always different – it wasn’t such a huge priority on the list. It was more about that during the swim – I wanted to avoid areas where there would be lots of people. Last year I lost a lot of time at the first buoy trying to get around slower swimmers.
- Enjoy the journey – most important element and was reinforced again – having done the training, at the event it was a celebration of all that and just getting through the swim was great fun.