The surroundings are very well kept, on a sunny day you would be hard pushed to find a nicer location for pool swimming.
This week start times and lane allocation was distributed by the organisers Jim Boucher and Lesley Zimmerman. I am listed to swim in the latter wave starting at 0930, in Lane 3 together with 4 other individual swimmers I am yet to meet, plus one three person relay team.
After the 2011 event I wrote three related posts. The first here about the day in question. The second here included some lessons I should have learnt, the crazy thing is, I have just had a quick scan over that post and I have NOT addressed one of the big issues, that is having at least 12 sets of swimming togs. It is not pleasant putting on sopping wet trunks at 3 in the morning when the air temperature is far from desirable. I probably have around 8 pairs so that will have to suffice.
One thing that will be 'catered' for is my belly! last time I was feeding on the usual sweet items, jelly babies, rice pudding, gels, chocolate and so on, eventually I yearned for something savoury, hence this year I will indeed take the sweet things but also enough savoury items to feed the 5000. I am thinking cold boiled new potatoes, chicken breast, sandwiches (without crusts) and perhaps something we can warm up, the likes of pot noodle, plus of course all manner of drinks hot and cold, last but not least some white powder...no not controlled substances just maltodextrin previously maxim but now the more palatable products from 'CNP' and 'MYPROTEIN'
The final relating post from 2011 was with regards to the after effects.
The major difference for 2015 is the compulsory requirement for a 'swim buddy' who will have the unenviable task of looking after me between swims. This will be a huge benefit. One thing I really struggled with previously was resting fully, without stressing about falling into a deep sleep and thereby missing the start of the next mile.
My final advice;
- swim your own swim, leave your ego at home, do not race the other swimmers in your lane or any other lane, the speeds within your lane will soon settle down and the swim order will organise itself.
- Do not switch lead out swimmers mid mile, get into the zone and swim ITS ONLY A MILE.
- Do not worry about counting laps its only 32 or 16 if you count from start point, plenty of people will have a Suunto or Garmin to take care of that.
- Quickly get into and master your routine between swims initially it almost feels like too much rest, believe me you will need every second once darkness descends.
- IT IS COLD during the night, get out get your wet kit off and get dry, eat drink and rest.
- Take lots of towels and be ready for all weathers.
Stay out of my tent unless you are coming to give me a massage !
Above all else
- Enjoy :-)
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