I’m absolutely LOVING open water swimming once again! Every spring/summer for the past couple of years, I have raced in a bunch of open water swim events. Some races take place in frigid lakes, some in the chilly ocean, rivers, and even SF bay. All swims for Pacific Masters Swimming points competition have to be swum without a wetsuit. Something I totally agree with and even wish triathlons for pros would change to non wetsuit! I know some people would totally disagree, BUT alot would agree as well. It’s what separates the real swimmers from the non swimmers. I am not saying that I am a real swimmer, but for some reason I do way better without a wetsuit. It’s just so much less restricting even in the best wetsuits out there on the market, one of which I tested out before it went out on the market and am lucky enough to have, the TYR Hurricane. It is awesome and great for tri’s that still require a wetsuit )
So far this season, I’ve raced in 3 open water swims. Two lake swim races and one bay swim. The water was very chilly in all 3 but bearable for sure. It’s super cold getting in, but once the gun goes off, I don’t even think about the cold. I just put my head down and swim. All the races so far have been so brutal at the turn buoys. There have been so many great swimmers all vying for position throughout the race. This is what I love about swim races in the open water. It’s physical, tactical, and cool! At two of my races I had a great position at the turn buoys but still managed to get dunked, kicked, pulled and even had my suit ripped. NICE!! As crazy as it sounds, it’s kind of fun to be in all the action up front I love to work hard and it’s awesome to have so many great swimmers to work with.
So far my record is 1st place overall in my first swim, 1st in my division and 5th overall in my second swim, and 2nd in my division and 4th overall in my third swim. So far I am leading the open water points competition and hope to keep that up going into my next several races. Wish me luck!!