They seemed to like live music at this Hotel and I had to change rooms to a quieter block.
Jose and I did two warm up swims at the event location which is always a good thing to do. Using a bright float device is also a good thing during the warm ups as the swim location is very close to the port.
The gentle race organisers were sort of slowish but things did eventually get moving. As usual we met long lost friends and everyone on the beach were excited waiting for the race to start.
Not as chaotic like an Ironman start and very soon we were on our own. One quickly realizes that conditions were nothing like the swimming pool.
Important decisions had to be quickly made:
To draft or swim alone?
How often to "sight"?
The waves and current seemed to be throwing me everywhere, so what should I do?
Whatever one decides, settle quickly into a smooth rhythm rather than the stop and start which is energy consuming.
Then at some point in the race, negativity starts to creep in.
"I'm not moving forward"
"What am I doing here?'''. Ha ha
So quickly snap out of it with positive thoughts and you will feel fine again.
After the turnaround I found the goggles had gone very misty. Taking a risk, I washed it with sea water and amazingly the goggles turned crystal clear.
Simon Cross told me he always uses a new pair of goggles for a race, now that is a very clever thing to do (thank you Simon).
I finished in 1 hour 51 mins, out of the prize money. No worries, I will definitely return as often as possible in future, inshallah.
We made an outstanding new friend in Jose Lois Larossa from Spain. He has participated in many long distance swims around the world and even organizes a few races himself at his native Alicante in Spain. So I will be getting advice from my new best friend often on which swims to do.
I now have a new left ceramic hip implanted and the right hip also looks a bit dodgy, so running would not be a clever thing to do. But swimming seems to be ok for someone with dodgy body parts.
So no more triathlons or running but swimming is the way forward for me.