Actually, thinking about it id say that I could have a reasonable bash at completing an Ironman swim on zero swim training in the preceeding year , it'd be a tough swim and take more out of me. Id also qualify that by saying the previous experience and conditioning would probably hold me in reasonable stead.
Sorry to hear about IMF. - have you been able to withdraw and obtain a refund on medical grounds?
Five years ago My daughter had to have an operation to remove infected bone from her ear following an earlier failed op to clear Glue ear and sticky ear drum.
After the op she was fitted with a silicone ear plug, the hospital took a cast of her ear and the plug was made within 10 days and was completely water tight, she does not need it now. May be worth enquiring at the auidometry department of the hospital.
On the general swimming points it may also be worth choosing your IM swim venue, obviously a sea swim can have serious tide and current issues, there is a bit of added benefit from the extra buoyance of the salt water BUT this could be offset if there is a strong current.
It also helps if the course is the correct distance unlike IMUK last year.
As suggested above you could try breast stroke,
If you join the gym I go to there are plenty of women in there who swim and never get their hair wet so cant possibly get water in their ears, I could always ask them to give you lessons.
I only went in the water twice last year from the end of May until the Ironman nmid July..and they were boith open water tris.because I hate swimming...........I'm not good at it and never did the distance in training..........
but I did manage to have a brilliant swim off my adrenaline and luck and did 1:32...........
as long as your not close to the cutoffs and are bloody minded then i'm sure you can do it...
I'm an openly crap swimmer.
I've done 4 or so IM races now but last year I got 8 OW swims in before IMCH, and my time was there or thereabouts what its always been. In terms of distance - I dont think I actually dont go over 2000m or so on any of these. Its not ideal and not what you want to do a good time, but it will get you through a swim.
Unless we get a heatwave and then you're stuffed as IMDE showed me up ! 45 mins longer my swim was !
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