Date: 18 November 2018
SE blowing, nerves shot, early start, news of second wave shock, ready to go!
Pre race: Substitution Hazel and entrant Zani, trained together several times, workshop with Sandi (helped immensely). On the day: standing at the top of the slope which we had to run down to take our first swim of the day. Under starters orders. Cautious decent, tentative sea entry, bit chilly but clear water. Yellow caps fly past us before we can exit the sea through a kelp bed and onto slippery rocks. Made it. Easy run to Llundudno rock jump, slightly warmer water, big waves helping us in. Slow climb to the road end, footpath zigzagging up, in shade cool. First bit of tar, stop at first water table, then slow but steady jog down to Oudekraal. Steps down to the water’s edge, cap on goggles secured, then smack into chop created by a SE wind, no time to sight see, helped fellow competitor Corne Krige get to Cosy Bay beach. Water table Redbull, photos by Lisa Scott, and moral support jog all the way to Bootleggers, Bakoven. Bite of banana bread and coke, then down to the shoreline, over rocks, passed Bakoven NSRI, to Beta Beach, leopard crawl over kelp beds to the beach, much needed lubrication, application supplied by service provider, then a jog to Camps Bay beach which we know well (Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group every Sunday at 9am). A quick swim around two buoys, jog along the beach to Glen Beach rocks, thank goodness for the route marker through the rocks to Maidens Cove, shallow entry into the water near Clifton and then a warm swim to the finish line on Fourth Beach Clifton. Final tag check and we were done!