Swimming this sort of distance in the open ocean is very challenging and whilst this might be further than you'd ever contemplated swimming in one go yourself, there's plenty of mental and physical lessons we can learn from those undertaking such a long and tough race. Paul takes up the story:
|Paul with 'Super' Sue Oldham - completing her 9th (!)|
Rottnest Channel swim at 70 years young.
We had 70 swimmers from the Swim Smooth Squads and 1-2-1 session undertaking the Rotto swim this year, putting in some amazing performances between them - I'm so so proud of each and every one of them. I haven't got time to go through each in this post - you can check out the full squad blog here for that.
We're incredibly lucky to have such a world class open water swimming event right on our door-step. Even though I wasn't racing this year I'd have to say it was probably my favourite year so far. The conditions were stunning but as usual a current around the island caught a few people out. This was running very moderately from north to south up until about 10.30am and then switched to a much stronger south to north current after this point (at least according to the information I was receiving at m2.mapswim.com/rotto.php). This made for some tactical racing at the front, which really added to the excitement.
|One of the last waves gets underway at the start.|
Brad's Race for the Win!
|The race flotilla slowly moves off to the horizon. Each swimmer (or|
team) requires a support boat and paddler.
|Brad puts in his big surge in the second half of the race.|