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So, the other day this happened.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 11.47.06 PMYes, you read that right. Probably the second time as you may have wondered what the hell it was you were looking at.

I’m equal parts petrified and excited (hint: a cr@pload of both) about this. I’ve been contemplating it for quite some time, and decided I needed to get in while the limited entries were open before I could back down or change my mind.

I’m unbelievably amazed by the fact that this is going to happen (and questioning my sanity in entering the non-wesuit category), and then trying to reassure myself with the fact that it’s not actually that cold (around 15 degrees Celsius) or actually that far (2.4km), It’s just the combination of those things that’s kind of freaking me out. And the jetlag. And the sharks (a myth to scare the prisoners, right?). My recent research Google search suggests that there are sharks in the bay, but not man-eating ones, and that there has never been a recorded attack on a person by a shark there. Whew!

So why would i do this to myself?

Well, apart from the California holiday I’m planning for myself after the event is done (assuming I survive!) I’m doing it as my goal swim. This year I’ll be mentoring a new long swim program for that brilliant bunch of crazies, Can Too.

If you happen to be in a position to join me, you can sign up on the Can Too website now.

If you’re not interested in swimming (very hard for me to believe!), you can still get on board and support my fundraising efforts via my Can Too Fundraising Link.

And wish me luck…escaping from Alcatraz!

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I’ve already done my race review of the Bondi Bluewater event from Easter. Seems a very clever someone immortalised the race their own way and did a magnificent job of it!

If you haven’t already seen it doing the rounds, please hit play on this…it’s a wonderful lens on the ocean swimming experience, complete with 4SEASons and Can Too swimmers and wardrobe malfunctions (fortunately not on the same person!).

If you happen to have come here wondering what it’s all about the video above is the best thing I’ve seen to show you (short of jumping in the water and giving it a go!). Well done to the very clever fellow who made it.

Another Point of View

I stumbled across a kindred Sydney swimming blogger. Or blogging swimmer. If you can’t get enough of race reports for ocean swimming around and about Sydney, check out Writing Whims and Ocean Swims. There’s a bit of crossover, but she is definitely worth a read!

Very, Very, Very funny post on the laws of swimming.

Go have a read and a chuckle.

You’re welcome.

Technology and swimming

Swimming itself has been around probably asking as people have needed to cross rivers and stay above water if they fell in. Open water swimming as we know it is generally credited to Lord Byron Swimming the Dardanelles in 1810

Just because its been around a while, doesn’t mean that all the joys of modern technology have no place in the sport. Far from it, in fact.

There are a couple of categories of technology that are particularly useful for me in ocean swimming.

First category is weather technology. The weather is super important because of how it affects conditions in the water. I have the Surf-forecast website bookmarked at Bondi, and use it for advance warning on race conditions at other beaches. iPhone apps I find useful are Hurley Surf for real-time condition information including regular photo and video updates, and Magic Seaweed for info on patrols and hazards.

The second category is tracking. This mainly refers to sports watches that I’ve written a bit about before. Garmin and Swimovate are big players in this field for. GPS, lap timing, and tri watches.

The third category is for just one website. It’s Oceanswims and pretty much all the races I do are on there with a planning calendar, race information, maps, links to individual race websites, race entries and race results. What more could you want?

Then we have the category of ordering kit online. Wiggle is usually my go-to, but eBay, Surfstitch, Amazon and Funkita have all seen me with items in my shopping cart from time to time.

The last category is social networking. I use Facebook extensively for organising and connecting with other swimmers. 4SEASons runs pretty much everything out of the Facebook page, including event planning for races. I’m reasonably new to Twitter but I do follow a few elite swimmers, in the hope that some magical tweet will prove the key to all of a sudden turning into a gun swimmer. I also follow @BeachwatchNSW for updates on ocean quality.

Oh, I may have missed something. like, say, this blog! Including this post that I’m writing on my phone whilst waiting for a bus. How technological is that! I also follow a few other swimmer blogs and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming for plenty of inspiration.

I read this interesting article on the Daily News of Open Water Swimming site, questioning whether open water swimmers are genetic mutations, and I thought it was an interesting question.

I’ve been called many things when it comes to my swimming. “Crazy” comes up a lot, funnily enough, especially in winter! Genetic mutation, though? Sounds all a bit science fiction, right? But really, when I read the article, it kind of made some sense to me. We all know, I. Ourselves, that there are certain things we tend to be naturally good at, and certain things we struggle with no matter how much time and effort we put into it.

The idea that some of us are built a bit differently to others. That our muscles might be more or less suited to different types of activities? That actually starts to ring true for me.

So does this mean I can be excused from the beach running sets because of my genetic mutation?

Well hello there, everyone! A big thanks to Tesse from Can Too who gave this little ole blog a bit of a shout-out today in the Can Talk newsletter, sending a bunch of you here for a bit of a read.

Welcome, welcome, welcome. I’m totally one of you, and I started this whole adventure because I went looking for a place online that catered to me as someone who loves ocean swimming, but is far from a professional, is just looking to challenge themselves, and isn’t out to quit work and train full-time (it’s all about balance, right?)

So settle in, have a look round, and remember I love comments! Questions, requests, constructive criticism…bring it all on!

Lovely to have you all here. Feel free to introduce yourself, have a look around, and I hope you enjoy Not Quite Nemo half as much as I enjoy writing it.

I read a lovely article on the Daily News of Open Water Swimming site, where a swimmer named Laura Lee describes converting her friend to ocean swimming.

The whole article is great, but one particular sentence resonated completely with me…

“Once you start ocean swimming and have that personal, spiritual ocean experience, it’s hard to stop”

I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

Here’s a great and properly professional article comparing the 6 top-selling waterproof cameras. A much more methodical comparison than my random reviews with screenshots and categories and everything!

This takes a look at the features, functions, modes, display, menus, design, handling and operation, and is a fantastic reference guide for anyone looking to buy an underwater camera….even if your option isn’t on the list, it’ll give you a good idea of what to look for…no conclusions or recommendations: just the info you need to make a good decision.

Thanks to Paul for the link!

Oops! Missed a week…sorry. I’m assuming anyone who’s really seriously and strictly following the Ky Hurst training program I’ve been posting here has probably signed up themselves and isn’t too upset that I missed a week and am posting two at a time here. Right? Right?

Anyway, here are the two latest weeks…

week 5 on active recovery and week 6 on the taper.

Interestingly, in the last two weeks of the plan he talks about active recovery and tapering to ensure you are rested and in peak form for a goal event.

It’s a good point that a lot of people don’t get when training for any type of event. Essentially, any work you do pays off about 2 weeks later. The catch here is that it’s not like a test at school…you can’t do a last minute cram and train like crazy in the last 2 weeks before an event….it’ll do you more harm than good!

Once you hit those last two weeks you really want to be doing just enough that you are staying comfortable in the water and maintaining a routine. The focus is really on resting and eating well and sleeping well to ensure you can really output maximum energy on the day.

I have, on occasion taken this approach. Particularly the first year I swam, I followed a very specific training program geared towards a particular goal swim, and I definitely did a proper taper before the event.

More recently, however, during summer it’s not uncommon for me to be racing just about every weekend. Last season I spent 13 individual days racing and I didn’t start til after Christmas. Under these kind of circumstances (crazy ones? well, maybe) the line between training and racing does start to blur after a while.

Regardless, my strategy involved taking it fairly easy at the Saturday sessions before a race, and weighing up how far, what the conditions would be like and what else was going on week to week. For a big race somewhere in open water (as opposed to a course that is entirely inside a bay) I’ll know that I’m going to need more energy than a short course at Bondi. Regardless, the principles of active recovery are really important here. I’ll make race day the hardest swim of the week….and then it can do double duty as a training day for 2 weeks later!

If you’re looking for them, here’s week 1 and week 2 and week 3 and week 4

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