- 10 Jul 2012 9:00 AM
The water was 28 degrees, with the outside air temperature hovering around 38-40. The event is very well organised with one exception, the medical check. Participants had to wait out in the blazing sun for over an hour for a blood pressure check. 10000 swimmers and roughly 15 medical staff. I had high hopes for a good time this year, having been swimming 4.8km twice a week and cycling 40-100km a week.
However, I have had a bad stomach for the last 4 weeks, got cramps in my legs, and was not able to keep to a straight line (at one point a police boat blocked me and kindly pointed me in the right direction), so I was not expecting a very good time. Amazingly, I did it in a new personal best of 1hr53min! Not bad at all considering my difficulties.
Thanks to Martin Curtis for partnering me in training, Evi Faiola for a fantastic massage the day before and putting my shoulder right, David Trayford for the ride down, Akos Hollosi for helping me get to Decathlon for a new bathing suit and goggles, and Jon Gifford for coming down and holding my stuff and rooting for me at the finish line even after going a night without sleep. I think for the next few weeks I will just be biking and hiking, then back to the pool to start training for next year.
Source: Treehugger Dan's Positive Blog