Posted: 14/07/2014 at 11:08
Nice work by the family Birch.
That's an impressive day's training, Slokey. I did admire the scenery of that mountain. Didn't occur to me to run up it though.
I got there early and watched a bit of the 2.4 mile race. Then I slunk off to a cafe for tea and cake and tried to come up with a valid reason not to go through with it. But, unusually for a race day, I had forgotten to be ill or injured.
I was only mildly terrified as I entered the lake and managed not to scream when a fellow swimmer inadvertently splashed some icy water onto my face. Starting right at the back, my focus was solely on not drowning or (even worse) having to call to one of the kayak marshals for help.
After a few minutes of friendly bumping and bashing, I found myself in clear water and was swimming well. I had obviously left those losers behind. I forgot about the cold and just concentrated on form. I was King of the lake. In fact, I was probably going to win this thing.
After a while, I looked up and realised I was heading the wrong way. I was going at a 90 degree angle to everyone else. What a nuisance. So I turned around, caught up with a group and re-joined the bumping and bashing. Two swimmers actually stopped and apologised after they had punched me in the face, which I thought was very polite of them.
The winner crossed the line in a frankly ridiculous 19 minutes. I finished hot on his heels in 35.37, relieved that it wasn't quite the humiliation I had feared (182nd out of 340).
Slokey - What kind of voodoo gadget do you have that tells you the time and distance of your swim?