Evening Swim - So What?
So I went for a short swim this evening. Just 300m. Hardly worth a blog posting, or even a log book entry.
Except this is the place where I went for the swim.
The satellite image shows the tide out - high tide tonight was at 18:30, just before I got wet. So I was in the water, not just walking along the beach. Hey, c’mon, show some enthusiasm - this was my first ever open water swim!
This means that my wetsuit arrived in the post yesterday - a Foor Quantum2 from Tri UK. I tried it on yesterday, and it seemed pretty tight, especially around the neck. My last wetsuit was a two-piece number designed for sub aqua, so in comparison, this new funky swimming suit felt really snug.
I was going to wait ’till the weekend to try it out, as I’d be able to go into the water when the lifeguards were on duty. But when I got home tonight and saw that the tide was high, and the sea pretty flat, I just couldn’t resist the temptation. So I slipped on a cheap tri suit, smeared the Body Glide onto those places that can chafe (no, not
There were four divers in the middle of the harbour doing what looked like open water first aid drills, so I swam a course around them, (rather presumptuously figuring that maybe if I got into any trouble they’d be tough enough to help me out). And it was all pretty easy.
So here’s what I think about open water swimming, based on today’s sample size on one:
- The North Sea is COLD. My feet and hands were pretty numb before I’d got warmed up.
- Tight wetsuits that seal well around the neck are good - none of that familiar cold flushing that I’d grown up with.
- Wearing a swim cap was a really smart thing. That cold water on my ears would have HURT.
- The extra buoyancy from the wetsuit is just great. I have a body which just sinks unless I do something to stay on the surface. I mean it - if I try to float on my back without moving at all, I’ll just slide gracefully down to the bottom of the pool. Swimming in salt water helps, but the wetsuit makes it much better.
- Navigation is ‘interesting’! No tiles to follow, and even in tonight’s fairly clear water, visibility was only about 2-3 feet.
- Yet in this murky water, swimming seemed somehow natural. Cocooned in the wetsuit, cap and goggles, it just felt more right than anything I’ve done in a pool. No distractions, just me and my stroke to concentrate on. Maybe that’s just the buoyancy talking.
- When I got out and the water drained from the wetsuit, I felt cold - it took a lot of heat with it. Next time, I might take a towel, or a thermos of something warming for the walk home.
Hartlepool Marina Triathlon, here I come!
- Type: Swim
- Date: 07/03/2007
- Total Time: 00:10:00.00
- Distance: 305.78 m
- Average Pace: 3:19.73/100m