Day 70 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Restarting the training plan and dreaming of Rottnest Island

Have you seen this stick? My Garmin ANT+ has gone missing. (CC-Image via Probike Kit)
Have you seen this stick? My Garmin ANT+ has gone missing. (CC-Image via Probike Kit)

First day back at work today – and first day properly back in the training schedule therefore! This morning, I clocked 4300 meters or 170 laps with an average time of 1.44/100m and a SWOLF of 35 all up.

Since I STILL have not found my Garmin stick to transfer the training data from my watch (argh!), here is a brief overview of the actual sets:

  • 1000m in 15:51 minutes (at 1.35/100m) at one gear higher than cruising speed, but felt comfy
  • stretches
  • 1000m in 16:48 minutes (at 1:41/100m) with paddles, no pullbuoy; felt tghe
  • 500m in 8:22 minutes (at 1:40/100m) cruising
  • 400m drills kickbord back and front, backstroke with pullbuoy
  • 1200m in 22:04 (at 1:50/100m) just cruising VERY casually, lots of bilateral breathing
  • 150m in 3:20 (at 2:13/100m) breast stroke with dolphin kick, just winding down
  • 50m just paddling about, cooling down

Man, it is so good to be in the water first thing in the morning. Words can not only inadequately describe it. Speaking of which: To make sure I get more k’s in – and avoid the morning traffic, which starts to build up at about 6am – I am actually getting up at 5am now, so I can hit the water at about 6am, when the place opens. That means I have 1.5 hours training time, and if need be, can push it to 2hrs (though that will be 2016 methinks).

Have I mentioned that I am actually a night owl, not a morning person? If someone would have predicted this regime back in the many years I ran the early news shift on radio in Australia, I would have laughed it off. And now I am loving it.

Absolutely loved the Rottnest Channel Swim. Since I was on “holiday”, I took the time to watch the coverage online – just go to http://tenplay.com.au/sport/rottnest to have a look – and see Kane Redford come out of the water first, and Grace van der Byl take first place in the women’s category in a brilliant finish. You swim for almost 20k, from the glorious Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia to Rottnest. The swimmers doing this Open Water event were absolute champs. One described it like swimming in a washing machine.

I had the good fortune of going on a dive trip to Rottnest a few years ago. I still remember how different the warm Indian ocean water and environment was from the temperate Pacific waters of Melbourne. Lots of sand and beautiful scenery under water.

After watching the coverage, I dreamt of swimming to Rottnest myself. Who knows, maybe one day I will get a chance to do so.

Rottnest Channel Swim - start of one wave back in 2004. Since then, the event has grown enormously. (CC Image via Wikimedia by Rst)
Rottnest Channel Swim – start of one wave back in 2004. Since then, the event has grown enormously. (CC Image via Wikimedia by Rst)