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274057285_3a3aa76a28.jpgFor my 40th year I decided to take another angle.  To many people get hung up on the life's little issues; work, age, permisson, etc, etc, and forget there's a world outside their picket fence.  So for my mid-life crisis therapy i'm  spending more time living, and less time sitting on the couch...my antidote to the corportate lifestyle; no sabattical included.

365 days...

Seattle Native

 


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    Oct202008

    Bermuda swim fun

     

     

    Well we went off as planned on Sunday...6.4 miles in the beautiful Bermudian Ocean.  I had my sis and Bro in law for support so here is my trip report:

    Day 1:  Thursday October 16th:  arrived around 9pm.   The weather was perfect, (yes it was dark), and we checked into the Elbow Beach hotel.  the first thing you notice (and i have been there a few times) is how increadibly clean it is.  really, i mean do they arrest people that don't cut their lawn everyday...so clean and perfect - Like 'Truman Show,' (and expensive....)

    Day 2:  Friday:  So we aren't really getting close per say.   A good bottle or two of wine are expected.  Again i go back to the adage...what's done is done and a little bit of a good time won't derail it... (a little wine is what i'm talking about).  We laid in the sun most of the day-great weather.  The Atlantic is perfect, turquiose and warm. Had a great dinner at Beracudda and to my surpise Nancy Wilson never jumped out to jam....

    Day 3: T-1 DAY...Saturday:  So this is the day before.  I have been taking prep swims of about 90 minutes in the ocean and my sis scolds me like my Mom would if she was here..."you are swimming too far we can't see you, etc."   

    I checked in at the course at around 3 and we took a tour of the course.  This is where is gets a bit funny, u see it's not a 10k course with laps...its a 10k course set out around a 50k area in the ocean.  so we have to go around islands...this to the left...that to the right...very cool.

    It took us 51 minutes...IN A BOAT...to tour the course.  Oh boy what does that mean for tomorrow?  I think 10k for a Crow is 13k on this windy course.

    Day 4:  Ok so i woke up at like 4 am and really thougt the race would be cancelled.  The wind was howling at around 20 knots and the waves, at least outside the hotel, in the ocean,were crazy.  To me i didn't really care...3 hours....8 hours...WTF...its about the fun anyhow..weather is weather and if you bet on it you will live a frustrated life.  We arrived the course at around 9am and it looked good.  

    We got our swim caps...u know white for the 2k folk...Yellow for the 4k folk...AND PINK for the 10 folk, WTF?  Tights and pink cap...that's all I'll say....

    Tights and Pink cap...gee where's the leopard thong?

    I got greased up and put on my tights-like-I-am-really-a-good-swimmer-outfit (which I'm not), and did a little stretching.  I walked down the slimy ramp and slipped down 6 steps and sprained my wrist...nice start:)

    So the race...First thing i have to admit is the water was increadibly salty which makes this whole endevor a bit easier.  So what's the plan?  I have no idea...a normal person would do this before he tried to swim from Euro to Africa...but whats normal....

    So the start goes off at 10am...all good.  Pretty flat water for the first 1000M.  At around 1200 wen we start to go around a series of 3 islands we start to feel the waves.  I am talking waves breakingover our heads.  20K wind makes all the diff.  I hit the 2700M check point (to make sure your not cheating or dying) at around 45Mins...so i was ok with the time. 

    The next 5300 would be very challenging.  I think part of the problem is that its so shallow...thus the waves (obviously) break pretty hard.  I will readily admit it was a tough couple of hours from 2.7k to 8. 

    At around 6 i remember getting close to the checkpoint and seeing all these 'yellow balls."  Understand that when u are in the water, with salt covering the inside of our goggle...and have been swimming for a good 2 hours...things can look a little out of order.  I thought why are there all those rubber ducks in the water?

    When i got about 100M from the next check-in dock and a horn went off...it was the start for the 4k group (they got yellow caps and we...who at this point are swimming 10k...and have swum 6k already...have pink caps.  Hmmmmmm some strange attempt to demansculize us....)

    So the next 2...from 6- 8 felt pretty darn good.  The waves mellowed a bit and i could start to feel a bit of a rythm.  Lets be honest...i am a crappy swimmer...but i have cardio so the longer i go the better it gets.

    Finally, the 8k check in.  Now i am starting to feel great.  We are at the the ley side of the island so the water is calm.  I am pretty sure i swam the next 2k faster than any other 2k as i was realing in people pretty easily. 

    Finally the finish.  i went inside the finish buoy and found myself on top of fire Coral.  I remember people screaming...but im like....ok i have been swimming my arse off for 3 hours....that's just noise....  In the end i scraped or cut my hand on the coral but swam fine to the finish...Great day....

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