Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:48
Well done Steady
Someone did ask
I arrived the night before to save a 3am race day start and there’s a hotel right on the lake side. Thankfully lots of fellow club members did the same so met up in on site pub for tea. Service was entertaining and food was good.
Race morning, up at 5.45am, porridge consumed and off to rack all of 10 meters from hotel Did my usual rack bike put things on towel then stand back and try and figure out what is taking everyone else so long. Have I missed something? Turns out no I haven't The art or racking faffing still eludes me.
Back to hotel chuck wetsuit on with copious amounts of body glide then off to watch the middle distance gang start. Looks OK and a slight confidence boost in that I can see several struggling to get their faces in to start with but all settle down quick enough, so if the same happens to me I'll likely have company.
Listen to race briefing, pass hoody and trainers to a very helpful friend and excellent club sherpa who I'd managed to find. Get in lake as soon as allowed as I knew it would be a tad fresh, it was warmer than expected but getting head in did take a while, especially as it was pitch blank in there as everything had been churned up by the previous lot. Horn blows and we're off me at the back with my usual plan on settling in then catching a few towards the end of the swim. Had a few panicky people around me, not sure if my words of encouragement helped or appeared patronising, but I tried to help for a while, e.g. take you time no rush , break stroke if need to, remember to breath out, no rush there's plenty of time, you'll float because of your wetsuit, yada yada yada... and then just got on with my own swim. Pleasant enough swim didn't seem as far as last year but afterwards everyone said it was a bit long, managed to catch a couple of people and was only a little off the back of the main pack by the end.