Posted: 16/09/2014 at 18:33
I found my rhythm quite quickly but my hands kept hitting solid objects, twigs I thought at first and then decided not but I decided I didn't want to know!
I think I caught up with Soupy about 45 minutes in but not sure I was her and then all of a sudden I was at the first feedstation where I fully appreciated how much the tide had helps, I stopped to try to find a space on the pontoon only to carry on moving Had a few jelly babies, a quick chat with some complete strangers (there was a lot of chatting going on around me too) and I set off again.
I wasn't expecting the choppiness either although I;ve done enough sea swims to not be all that bothered by it. I did stop as it is so wide and the waves were high enough for me not to know where I was going, all I could see was a load of other coloured hats doing the same thing like a load of seals working out what to do next.
This is when the wetsuit chafe kicked in. I haven't had that for years but I decided to ignore it and worry later. I finaly made the second feedstation, another quick jelly baby (just the one they were being rationed I think) and rinse out the salt from my mouth and off again.
That last 2k went on forever, even when I suddenl'y realised people in front of me were standing. I was a bit further over and having short arms I wasn't hitting the bottom. Finally the last headland and I could just about see a load of people standing on the side - I'd nearly made it. My shoulders were beginning to ache but as usually happens with me as soon as I can see the end my stroke suddenly improves. It wasn't too far for me to walk to the end when it was too shallow to swim and I'd done it Just under 3 hours.
After the timing mat I heard someone calling my name and there was Schmunks, lovely to see a friendly face.
I toddled off to get my lovely "medal" it's now on my key ring and mug which is so much better than a T shirt. It was a fantastic day and I'm so pleased I've done it.
really well run event for anyone who is thinking about it, organised by swimmers for swimmers so they know what's needed.