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Old 07-13-2010
cindyjetskis cindyjetskis is offline
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I just swam in my first 10K. I knew I could finish it with out a doubt thanks to TI training & was hoping to do it in less than 4 hours. I was never thinking of it as a race, just a swim and didn't really care what my time was. I was relaxed, I liked doing it and I wasn't completely exhausted after doing it. I felt great after it. The first male finisher was done in 2 hours 9 min. The first female finisher came in at 2 hours 23 min. These times seem pretty fast to me. They officially stopped the race 1-1.5 hours after the first finishers.There was no pre-qualifying standard. This was the first year for the 10K, usually there is just a 5K event. 20 swimmers started the race. 6 finished it & there were 3 of us that "unofficially" completed the race. The 6th place finisher's time was 3 hours 40 min. I did my 10K unofficially in 3:52. Is this a respectable time? There was 1 male just few minutes ahead of me & a female a just few minutes behind me. The 3 of us stayed pretty much together the whole 10K. I want to do another one but I would like to be able to finish it. Are there other 10K's that I could swim that will allow me to finish the whole thing or should I just keeping trying to do them even though I might get cut off? Does this happen a lot? The course changed mid-race too. Does that happen often? My kayak escort told me but there were swimmers out there without kayaks...
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Absolutely an amazing accomplishment. Let us take the time factor out of it and view it for what it is and that is wonderful. I hope to get there some day and it is the path of achievement that counts.

Have a Great Day Swim Silent and Be Well

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Old 07-13-2010
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I just swam in my first 10K. I knew I could finish it with out a doubt thanks to TI training & was hoping to do it in less than 4 hours. I was never thinking of it as a race, just a swim and didn't really care what my time was. I was relaxed, I liked doing it and I wasn't completely exhausted after doing it. I felt great after it. The first male finisher was done in 2 hours 9 min. The first female finisher came in at 2 hours 23 min. These times seem pretty fast to me. They officially stopped the race 1-1.5 hours after the first finishers.There was no pre-qualifying standard. This was the first year for the 10K, usually there is just a 5K event. 20 swimmers started the race. 6 finished it & there were 3 of us that "unofficially" completed the race. The 6th place finisher's time was 3 hours 40 min. I did my 10K unofficially in 3:52. Is this a respectable time? There was 1 male just few minutes ahead of me & a female a just few minutes behind me. The 3 of us stayed pretty much together the whole 10K. I want to do another one but I would like to be able to finish it. Are there other 10K's that I could swim that will allow me to finish the whole thing or should I just keeping trying to do them even though I might get cut off? Does this happen a lot? The course changed mid-race too. Does that happen often? My kayak escort told me but there were swimmers out there without kayaks...
Great job!!! Your pace was 23:12/K. I think that's VERY respectable. I just checked the results of an open water event here in Arizona a few months ago. That pace would have gotten you 17/22 in the 2000m event.

I don't know what the customary cut-off time is for a race of that distance, but this seems awfully short to me. You're a finisher in my book.
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Old 07-13-2010
tri-inghard tri-inghard is offline
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Good job cindyjetskis,

You have accomplished one of my goals. One I am not yet ready to accomplish. 38 minutes per mile for 6.1 miles (4 equivalents*6.1 miles = 24.4miles) is nice swimming. I think of the 10k as a marathon for swimmers and most runners would be happy with a 4 hour time for a 26.1 mile run.

The best I have done in fresh water is that pace for two miles. I did about 35.5 minutes per mile for 2.25 miles in salt water. That is the limit of my experiences so far. I do believe your race was cut short. Check the internet for long open water swims. They usually state when swimmers will be taken out of the race. There is a 5K near Chicago around mid September. It is a long way from Horseheads. I have not looked yet per 10k since I may leave these goals for another year (next year I hope).
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I did my first 10k last August. As you, I was very surprised at the finishing times of the winners, especially given the conditions we had on the day. We had 7 out of 22 finish, the others were pulled out due to lightning (they didn't find our little group back in a bay or they would have pulled us too). I finished in 6th place 3h15m, and I think the winner was done around 2h15m. I don't believe that they had planned an official end to the 10k race at a certain time. The swim I did actually has a 10 mile race (www.deercreekopenwater.com) and if I remember correctly the only time limit is on that race, they keep official times for the other distances until the 10 mile time limit and have had 10k finishers in over 5 hrs in the past. (just found out that Horseheads is in NY?, Deer creek is a great swim, but might be a bit too far out of your way.)

As far as your "unofficial" time is concerned, how do you feel about it? I only have my first run to go by, but I'd say just finishing a swim of this length deserves respect, regardless of the time. Last year, being my first marathon swim, I was not trying to compete with anyone but myself. I had set a goal time, I missed it, but I was still happy to have finished. I'm approaching this years event as more of a race. I'm still mostly concerned with my goal time, but hoping to take what I learned last year and narrow the gap on the "10k Sprinters" this time around.

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Old 07-13-2010
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I just looked up the swim in Utah. It has a 6 hour limit for the 10K. I think when races have time limits, it is usually about an hour per mile.
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