Summer is here! And you know what that means — the open water swimming season is open.
First race for the year was a sprint aquathlon – the Minami Boso Iwai beach aquathlon. I participated in this race last year and was back again this year.
I left home with a towel and goggles, and came back wit medals, prizes and a PB.
Getting up early on a Sunday morning is no fun. It was a 2.5 hour journey but at least I got to enjoy the scenery.
Crossing the Sumida River, with the Sky Tree in the background:
Crossing the Edogawa river:
Finally, the coastline in view:
The beach was deserted apart from us swimmers.
Race course is set-up; yeah, this is not what I call a surf beach.
Water temp was a fresh 20 degrees. Swam without a wetsuit as per usual. But I did wear my tri-suit. The locals like to wear wetsuits though. Granted, I probably have more natural insulation than most people!
The cloudy morning gave way to a nice sunny day complete with blue skies:
Where’s David Hasselhoff when you need him?
So first up, I did the sprint aquathlon. A 500m swim followed by a 5km run.
I am quite proud of myself. I came second out of all the females! I was actually leading the WHOLE race (out of the females), and was pipped at the post in the last 30 seconds. My swim gave me a really good lead in the run leg. Damn my shoddy running. I was so far ahead of all the other ladies. Got out of the water quickly and had a super fast transition. Whilst EVERYONE was struggling to get wetsuits off, I just took off on the run.
I held the lead in the run, and was overtaken right near the end.
Don’t have the swim and run splits yet, but my overall time earnt me second place female, and also second place in my age group. (Will update split times later when they become available).
My time was also a PB for the run which I did in about sub-30 which although is not fast by any standard, was good for me.
Total race time was: 40min, 41 seconds.
My time for the same race last year was: 47min, 45 seconds. I definitely was a lot faster and stronger in the run this time around.
2nd overall female:
In addition to the aquathlon, I also decided to sign up on the day for the 1.5km open water swim as well. I needed the practice, because I’ve got 2 more 3km swims this month. My need to go fast in the run was partly motivated by the fact that I had signed up for the additional swim. The aquathlon started at 12:00pm and the swim started at 1pm. The faster I ran, the more break time I would have between the next race starting. I would only have about 15 minutes to spare.
After guzzling as much water as I could after the first race, I then braced for myself for a 1.5km swim. Man, I was so hot and thirsty.
The moved the buoys out further for the 1.5km swim and we had to do two laps of the course. Was definitely a lot slower on this swim having gone all out on the aquathlon.
I got second place female for the 1.5km swim.
Come the award ceremony, I got 2 medals and 2 prizes.
I still haven’t actually opened up my prize bag yet. I think it’s something like a year’s supply of acai power drink. Seriously, lots of acai products. They were the sponsor.
I am a STARfish:
Also took home a ridiculously bright orange race shirt (included in entry fee):
All paths lead to water:
Iwai beach is a really nice beach…probably one of my favourites. I love swimming out there. I’ve done about three races there now.
The day turned out to be really warm, I even spent the day there chilling out and went for another dip in the water. Practically had the place to myself.
I need to explore more of the Minami Boso region – they’ve got the ocean to the right, and the mountains to the left:
Stay tuned for more swimming reports this summer. Although don’t expect any more medals or prizes. That’ll be the last placing this season me thinks.