The life of an open water swimmer

A week back from my Perth trip I’ve found myself back on the road for another swim weekend. I booked the swims ages ago but they still took me by surprise. I was actually thinking it would be nice to have a weekend at home and going away was a bit of a chore.  

As it turned out the weekend away hasn’t been too tough. Actually quite the opposite. It’s been nice, chilled out and with a great bunch of people (impressive 20 or so Wellington contingent to Tauranga). 

The tough life of an open water swimmer…

Friday afternoon started with bubbles at the airport which another swimmer in the lounge offered to pour me to celebrate Rottnest. Day completed with a dip in the ocean and Italian.

Saturday was the ocean swim series swim at Mount Manganui – a short 2.6km around Rabbit island. Good conditions and the last of the swims for me in the series as I will miss the final King of the Bays. Following the swim was a laze in the sun at prize giving, another dip later in the day, a spa followed by an epic bbq. 

Sunday must have been the toughest day – an early start to drive to Rotorua to be greeted by 7c air temperature at Lake Okataina! The sun soon came up and we were off swimming a 6km swim in balmy 22c water. Not a short swim but not too long so I tried to up my pace in a few parts. 

A bit exhausted after lunch but appropriately we are planning some r&r at the hot pools. Back to reality and work first thing tomorrow.

To quote Laura’s frequent use of the question – “Why the hell am I doing this?” Because we love it, we just have a delayed realisation sometimes. Also food – it’s always more appreciated after a swim.