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Old 06-27-2012
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Today is Ringshaugsv°mmen 2012 here in Norway. It's a 2.4K swim race in our home town, so nice to do something local.

It's a low key affair with about 20 of us registered to compete and involves us meeting on the beach this evening before being boated out to an old war gun battery for a water start and swim back to the beach and supporters.

I have set myself three challenges for the evening:-

1. To overcome my fear of swimming through the jellyfish (vaseline on the shopping list today).

2. To draft a superior swimmer in an attempt to pick up a time and place improvement.

3. See if I can find some other local outdoor swimmers who might be up for some lake swimming.

Should be a great evening though, nice to do something new.
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Old 06-27-2012
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Andy,

That sounds great. Good luck and we'll be waiting to hear about the results ;)

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What a great event, so many nice people. 30 swimmers, blue sky, almost no jellyfish and 18C water temp.

We had to do an 'aquathlon' in order to get event insurance but since the run was only 50m at the end that was ok. The tide was out too so we had to run in the last 50m of the water as it was so shallow.

I had a great swim, nice even pace and particularly big improvements on navigation (see photo attached).

I used the boat ride out to look for key navigation points, and then used the sun's position in my goggles to navigate. My best was 140 strokes without looking up.

I probably still had some more energy left at the end but I did find it harder to navigate across the bay in the second half as I was getting drawn towards my sun position from the first half.

We haven't had the race results yet but I think my aquathlon time was 44.10 and I placed around 10-15 of the 30 starters. Everyone finished. winning time 33.10

I look forward to improving this again next year. think its time to do some opposite split 800's as I am starting too slow.

Its a great day to be a swimmer. I love this sport.
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Old 06-27-2012
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Andy,

Sounds great!

I like that idea with the Aquathlon - great. Even I could manage 50m of running.
I thought there is no tide in the Baltic. Cannot be a lot, I guess.

18 degrees doesn't sound so great. Did you use a wetsuit?
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yes wet suits obligatory as only 4 motor boats as support for everyone and open sea. Was very warm in performance suit but there were some folks in the $75 versions from the hardware store and they suffered a bit.

Forgot to say in my earlier post that the course had a dog leg buoy just over half way which is why I was happy with the navigation plot.
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Congratulations on a good swim. Sounds like it was fun and you were well prepared.
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Old 06-28-2012
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Congrats on your swim, very exciting!
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