Big Cotswold Swim

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I took part in the 2 mile Big Cotswold Swim and I haven’t put my report up!

It was a grey Saturday morning, but the rain stayed away (at least until the start of the race) and I was up at 6am to make sure I could have a proper breakfast before doing a 2 mile swim at 8:45am. I usually don’t eat before my morning swims, but knew this would be harder and further than those so made sure I got up extra early to get my porridge in. Also to drink enough as there is nothing worse than swimming and being dehydrated and surrounded by water you can’t drink.

The one mile swimmers went off first and then it was the 2 milers. We had a warm up and acclimatisation 10 minutes then a briefing of the course before being set off from the beach. I was at the front as really just wanted to get going and knew it would easier to be overtaken than have to overtake during the start of the race. I managed to graze the tops of my feet during my dive into the water, but luckily the water kept them cool and although it was irritating to begin with they eased off very quickly.

I swam in a wetsuit even though the water was 20 degrees Celsius. I have done some short swims with a wetsuit at that temperature, but nothing beyond a kilometre. So went for the added buoyancy and warmth. I was glad I did as the lake had patches of very cold areas and where it had rained the top of the lake was quite cool all over. I think it was warmer in the water than it was in the air that morning.

I had a good swim and kept strong the whole way. I like the course layout of two laps right round my local swimming lake. It worked well I caught up to a few of the one mile swimmers just over half way round my first lap. I ended up swimming the whole way with one lady. We just couldn’t get past each other. I was sighting better than her, which slower me down, but she kept having to correct her course, which slowed her down. I then took to speed a bit too early before the last bouy and she got me there.

I came out of the water in 31st place out of 113 swimming the 2 mile event and in 56.37 minutes. My goal was to try and come out in under an hour as the last open water swims I had done were 3km and took about 59 minutes so I knew it would be a challenge to get 3.2km in that time, but I also knew I had been working hard and getting stronger and I smashed it by 3 minutes!

Overall it was a very enjoyable swim that I pushed myself on. I got a free place at the running club Christmas do last year for helping out with the triathlon swimming sessions and for being the best swimmer in the running club!

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