Category: Manly


Ah Queenscliff. Finally. ūüôā

After recent craziness in my life, I took the afternoon off after training Saturday morning, napped on the couch and actually watched a DVD. It was heavenly. In the evening Mr Nemo was out of the house, leaving me with sole responsibility for the remote and menu choices for the evening. Healthy dinner, no alcohol (after Freshwater I learnt my lesson) and an early night.

As a result, I woke up feeling like a million bucks!

Even better, the sun was shining, and the ride to Queenscliff was gorgeous. I arrived at the beach found my crew, and together we marveled at the beautiful day.

The first race was touted as an 800m event. In the end I think it was a little longer than that…and for me a little longer again as I managed to come in way wide of the finish line. Not entirely sure how I managed that as I had no idea I’d even done it until after. No excuses, either, the conditions were pretty friendly. I went hard in this and treated it as a sprint. I am so¬†not a sprinter it was perhaps that that threw me out!

The toughest part of the Queenscliff event was the start/finish. I haven’t swum there before, so not sure if it was¬†just¬†because of a low tide, but the run out (and then back in at the end) was loooong and very bumpy. Anyone who managed to not stack in one direction or the other was definitely the exception rather than the rule, and I was certainly not one of them! It was also pretty hard work for¬†people¬†like me who are definitely more comfortable putting in their effort in the water instead of the sand!

The other trick was in the short course – keeping your cans in order. The way the course was laid out had one of the cans ready for the long course in a very awkward spot. Differentiating the difference in colours between orange and red wasn’t really that easy once you’re in the water and only head height!

Other than that, though, it was a cracking day. The longer course was also very enjoyable and it was so nice to be swimming in the sun again! It was a little odd for a while as there must have been a delay in getting the last wave started. 20 minutes in and I hadn’t been passed by the leaders of the age group behind me…I was starting to get a little paranoid that I was swimming way off course or something!

Overall a great race!

 

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There is no Saturday training¬†update for this week, because i didn’t go to training.

That doesn’t mean I missed out on my saltwater dose for the week, though; far from it. In fact I damn near spent the entire weekend in the water.

Last week I decided to open up my list of options for spending time in the ocean by doing my PADI Open Water Diving certification.

It was pretty amazing, and a lot of hard work physically, emotionally and mentally. In fact today is pretty much the first day since that I have been able to move around without having my entire body in pain!

I did pass, and I think the fact that I am used to spending time in the water was definitely helpful in that. I did find it was funny that I kept getting in trouble for “swimming too much”! The idea is to swim slowly and smoothly and use your legs only to conserve air and be able to stay down longer with the tank you have. It seems that with all the training I do to learn to swim faster for longer that I have a lot of trouble taking it easy!

Overall, though, the weekend was far from easy. We were building up and breaking down our own gear and lifting and carrying and packing and unpacking gear and tanks and weights. My back is killing me, my leg hurts from the lifting, my calves feel a bit like they’re shredded from so many cramps, and I have bruises and chafing from the harness and the weight. It’s literally taken me days to recover!

It was very much worth it, though. We got to the point where we could dive and see some cool things over at Shelly Beach…Rays and Port Jackson Sharks and Wobbegong¬†sharks and blue gropers¬†and cornetfish and all sorts of other things swimming around down there.

I’m so much looking forward to getting out there and doing some more diving. Apparently I’m happy in the ocean swimming, snorkelling and now diving!

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