3.65km 'downhill' in the Thames
Good luck to everyone doing this tomorrow. I hope the rain keeps off for the start/end bits.
Well swum Siggy but 'a little shower'? It was a bliddy downpour!! Fortunately I hadn't started walking back to the car in Bushey Park and was able to take shelter in the refreshment stand till it stopped.
My garmin said 1:16ish as I stood in the queue on the exit ramp - also measured it at 2.4miles as opposed to the official 2.25. Whichever it was, I'm happy with the time though swim itself felt a little 'bitty' so possible I could've done better.
Very pleased the rain held off till aftere the start cos we'd have all got wetter queueing for registration and chip collection than we did in the river. They need to review their registration/chip collection system, I think several people missed their wave starts because of the time it took and had to start in the last wave. Despite all that standing around and displaying a pirate top, the only person I saw either before or after the swim was Gladys.
Hope everyone else had a good day
I saw you in the registration queue Trogs but a couple of friends turned up just as I spotted you and by the time i handed my valuables to them I couldn't see you any more. I was amazed at the queue, I was lucky and got there just after 8 so walked straight in to the tent but by the time I had done that and got my chip there was a massive queue.
I have no idea what my time was but must have been about 1:15 judging by how long I was in the queue for bag and when my friends found me again. I got changed and then got almost as wet as I had when I was in the river with that massive downpour that there was.
Some very competitive people around, the guy with a red hat who booted me out of the way to get to the timing mat nearly ended up back in the river
Still I enjoyed it though, not swum that far in quite some time
Overgrown bar mat was my first reaction to the towel too. Not much use for anything other than perhaps drying your feet in T1.
Just got a chance to get on the website this morning as was off on company golf day yesterday.
Did 1:11 and some change so was pretty chuffed with that given had estimated 1:15. Decided to use the swim as a worst-case scenario beasting and avoided drafting anyone so even happier with the time.
Unfortunately only person I saw was Trogs (due to her pirates T-shirt) but we were in opposite queues and by the time I got out, I couldn't see her (assume you were in your wettie by that point Trogs!) Agree towel was a bit rubbish but preferred it to another t-shirt - at least there's a bit more imagination.
Organisation at the beginning was pretty shoddy although was wondering if that was due to the weather and having to all be under the marquee (and hence only two very very long lines)? Just didn't really see why timing chips couldn't have been pre-programmed and put in envelopes with everythign else. Still the organisation at the finish and on the river were top-notch.
Quick one my my own interest for those of us not taking on our first IM this year. How did your times compare to your IM swims? Just wondering whether we got a big help from any current or whether the time could be taken as decent indicator for IM swim.
Lots of comments on the Human Race facebook page about queues at the start. They've pretty much responded individually to each one apologising and promising to get it sorted for next year - and to do better at their remaining events this year.
I reckon you can take this as fairly representative of an IM swim. My IM swim times are 1:30 (lake), 1:23 (canal) and 1:20 (rowing lake) so this was a bit quicker but, officially, slightly shorter. Don't think there was much current; was talking to another friend who reckoned he wasn't moving at all while waiting for the start.
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