I got a PB

One of the things I love about open water swimming is the fact that it is different every time, it isn’t controlled and ‘sanitised’ like pool swimming. When you swim in a pool, you can be confident that the distances are exact, the water will be a standard temperature and you can swim up and down in a straight line. You can therefore be confident in the distance you have swum and you can measure it exactly against other swims.

Open water swimming is not like that.

On any given day the various variables mean that each swim is different. The course may change slightly (even moored buoys can move a bit), the wind and water temperature can make a huge difference. Not to mention the current or tides if you are in a river or the sea. In many ways, each swim is completely different and can’t be compared to others – even if you have swum the same ‘course’.

On that logic, I’m pleased to announce that I got a PB on Sunday.

I need to qualify that slightly – it was a PB for the swim on Sunday – given that every swim is unique. It wasn’t a PB for the distance, or even for that venue. But hey, I’ll take what I can get.

I was actually quite a bit slower than last year, but so were most people – it was very windy on Sunday (and cold!). However, I was actually slower in comparison to other people (ie they weren’t as much slower as I was). Now, they are on different swimming journeys, but still now I’ve done the big endurance event it’s time to spend a bit of time working on speed.

One of my biggest problems is knowing quite how hard to push myself on these swims. I can spend a bit too long being a ‘tourist’ and not swimming hard. So I’m not going to work on my sprinting speed, but rather my endurance threshold – getting used to feeling more comfortable pushing a bit harder for longer.

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4 responses to “I got a PB

  1. On Sunday we swam a lot further than last year. I am pretty sure that everyone spent longer in the water. Happy swimming.

    • Yeah, I think the course was a little longer this year – and the day was a lot windier. This (my speed) is another one of those things that I can’t quite decide if I’m bothered about or not… but then again I’m horribly competitive with myself at least.

  2. It was longer than in 2013 too! I finished in 1 hour 26 in 2013, and 1 hour 43 on Sunday. I think this year’s event was a lot closer to being a 5K swim, possibly a touch over.

    It doesn’t really matter though, we all swam the same course on Sunday. Man, it was cold though!

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