This week I went out for my very first open water swim practice! I really don't know anything about swim times, swimming in open water, or what to wear for a race. I'm conviced my gym pool is not 25M so I've been swimming non-stop laps for 15 minutes. I figured that was the best way to make sure I would have the stamina to complete the swim. This whole training has been sort of foreign but I'm getting more and more excited about the race and I know that after it is finished I'll have ten million ideas on how to make my next swim/tri better!
Luckily, I have some pals that have gotten into tris who came with me to go for my first open water swim practice. Things I've been/will be nervous about: Anything touching me in the water, anyone kicking me in the face, and what the water will taste like if I gag. Thankfully the water was fine--it tasted like it came out of a water hose--and only a few little fishies were attracted to the bright blue polish on my toes. The lake was about 40 ft deep but it didn't intimidate me, which is a huge plus!
I borrowed my friend's fancy waterproof Garmin and timed myself. On my first attempt out swimming 380M I clocked in at 00:09:42. I'll be swimming 300 M, and I busted out my proportion skillz and came out with a predicted time of 00:07:39. Now, I did a little stalking to check out the results from last year and I think I would be in the middle of my age group and that makes me feel good. I'm still a little unsure of what the actual race conditions and start will be like, but I know that if I get a little space I can definitely swim faster, and since I'm doing a relay I'm really gonna put it all out there!
Observations: My neck was KILLING me because I kept looking up to make sure I was swimming towards my markers. Any tips on spotting? On what the start/transition will be like??