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Who likes swimming? Saturday May 30, 2020

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15 minutes ago, A2K said:

The course spans the length of the Gold Coast, from Coolangatta Beach in the South, to the iconic cityscape of Surfers Paradise in the North (21.5km).

https://worldseriesswims.com.au/swim-the-gold-coast/

 

Yeah, I saw that come up on my FB feed. The first thing I did after seeing it was the shoulder set my physio gave me.

 

Here's hoping.

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I hope it gains a strong following.

With ocean swimming participation growing markedly in the last decade, it's not surprising that there is finally an interest from both organisers and competitors.

I believe there was a new Palm Beach to Shelly Beach 26km (Sydney's northern beaches) staged earlier this year.

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I suppose this could develop a big following. With the uncertainty of the Rottnest swim due to sharks, and the popularity of swimming in Qld, it could get big numbers year on year.

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I suppose this could develop a big following. With the uncertainty of the Rottnest swim due to sharks, and the popularity of swimming in Qld, it could get big numbers year on year.

I wonder if the Goldie is less sharky? 

I'm definitely interested but the date next year doesn't suit me so I hope it goes well and is on again the following year. 

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2 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Limited to 100 solo swimmers & wait list only now.

Did you put your name on the wait list?

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6 minutes ago, Cat Lady said:

why would they limit it to 100 swimmers?

100 solo.

There will be another 100 teams. I suppose being its first year they wanted to limit numbers to check the logistics. It will be a much narrower course than Rottnest, so could see a bit more congestion. This isn't a calm area either. It's a real surf beach at the start & finish, so could you imagine keeping 1000 boats and swimmers safe if there happened to be a 2m surf pumping in?

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10 hours ago, oldschool69#2 said:

That would be funny !

i would think about it 

Me too!! 

Anyone up there got a boat? 

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20 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Yeah, I saw that come up on my FB feed. The first thing I did after seeing it was the shoulder set my physio gave me.

 

Here's hoping.

Talk to me about the shoulder set.

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29 minutes ago, oldschool69#2 said:

What’s the entry fees 

for the 4 man team ?

i see it’s wait list only now 

Something like $700 for earlybird entries.

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5 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Something like $700 for earlybird entries.

 

51 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Per team.

A lot for a 5 km swim. Especially when you still have to organise a boat.

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18 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

 

A lot for a 5 km swim. Especially when you still have to organise a boat.

Rottnest is a little shorter, and $1125. I'd have been pissed if my team was one of those pulled from the water last year when some guy said he saw a shark.

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33 minutes ago, oldschool69#2 said:

Yes expensive but as a one off bucket list but of fun and banter would be good .

If Roxxii dose it though in the team the other three members would get an extra 1.5 k to their name 😂

I was just gunna do the last 1.5 k and take the glory.   

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7 hours ago, oldschool69#2 said:

Yes expensive but as a one off bucket list but of fun and banter would be good .

If Roxxii dose it though in the team the other three members would get an extra 1.5 k to their name 😂

Each to their own.

For me, doing it as an individual would be bucket list type of event.

Being part of a team would feel a bit like doing a team IM, ie way more expensive than comparable OW swim, cycle or marathon and a sideshow to the main event of the day.

Crewing for a solo swimmer would be fun too.

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On 15/10/2019 at 6:43 AM, Horowitz said:

Got a wait list spot, which I absolutely didn't expect...have 48 hours to commit 

... hmm...

how to respond to this...

 

DO IT!

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We have three ocean swims a year here in Hervey Bay:

  • Pier to Pub (about 3km from Urangan Pier to Torq Pub (now shortened 200m to fin at SLSC))
  • Enzo's Classic (10km, from Enzo's at Scarness to the Urangan pier and back - I do the 5km one-way option)
  • Barge 2 Beach (2km - start by jumping off from a barge out in the middle of the bay then straight back to shore at Enzo's) 

Missed the P2P this year as leg was in a cast, did the 5km Enzo's classic - arms only (they can't see you crying in seawater)

Hopefully Barge 2 Beach will go better in 4 weeks time (Hundy Weekend)

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On 04/09/2019 at 7:39 AM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

100 solo.

There will be another 100 teams. I suppose being its first year they wanted to limit numbers to check the logistics. It will be a much narrower course than Rottnest, so could see a bit more congestion. This isn't a calm area either. It's a real surf beach at the start & finish, so could you imagine keeping 1000 boats and swimmers safe if there happened to be a 2m surf pumping in?

For the BONDI to Watson’s Bay Rough Water I swam 10 years ago the support boats had to wait outside Ben Buckler. I’d imagine the same rules would apply. That shouldn’t pose much of a problem. 

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28 minutes ago, Andrew #1 said:

For the BONDI to Watson’s Bay Rough Water I swam 10 years ago the support boats had to wait outside Ben Buckler. I’d imagine the same rules would apply. That shouldn’t pose much of a problem. 

No, they wouldn't come in close, it states that you meet your support boat & paddler 500m offshore, but the course will still be a lot narrower so couldn't support the number of boats that Rottnest would.

I dare say there'll be more the following year (I hope so), but I still think this one is testing out their logistics.

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We have now made the decision to postpone SWIM THE GOLD COAST until Spring 2020 (September Date TBC).  

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19 minutes ago, Horowitz said:

We have now made the decision to postpone SWIM THE GOLD COAST until Spring 2020 (September Date TBC).  

Along with all the other events.

It'll be interesting to see how people maintain the fitness to swim 20km+ over a winter with all the pools shut.

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4 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Along with all the other events.

It'll be interesting to see how people maintain the fitness to swim 20km+ over a winter with all the pools shut.

This is the main issue for me.
Over the last 2 weeks I've been doing "laps" in the ocean of a segment which I've calculated to be around 100m as I didn't want to go to the pool for what's been going on.

It's definitely not as efficient as being in a squad in a pool! 
 

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41 minutes ago, Horowitz said:

This is the main issue for me.
Over the last 2 weeks I've been doing "laps" in the ocean of a segment which I've calculated to be around 100m as I didn't want to go to the pool for what's been going on.

It's definitely not as efficient as being in a squad in a pool! 
 

If you're close enough to the beach to get there regularly, you can still do your training there. I did pretty much all my Rotto training in the ocean in 2017.

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1 hour ago, Paul Every said:

If you're close enough to the beach to get there regularly, you can still do your training there. I did pretty much all my Rotto training in the ocean in 2017.

The difference being the Rotto swim is in February. You can train through Summer. Unless you're in Qld, or you like cold water, prepping for a 20km swim in September is going to be tough.

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2 hours ago, Paul Every said:

If you're close enough to the beach to get there regularly, you can still do your training there. I did pretty much all my Rotto training in the ocean in 2017.

Would love to know more about this...

Did you "just swim" (put in km's after km's) or did you find a short section of water and do some "sets" with paddles/pool buoy etc. ? 

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26 minutes ago, Horowitz said:

Would love to know more about this...

Did you "just swim" (put in km's after km's) or did you find a short section of water and do some "sets" with paddles/pool buoy etc. ? 

Most of it was done with B&B group at Manly in Sydney.

Much of the distance was laps between Manly and Shelly Beach, 1.5km return. Some days smaller groups would head north to Queenscliff (3km return) or further north around the headland to Freshwater or Curl Curl. Occasionally, small groups would head south along the cliffs of North Head.

I'd join the early group of keen of swimmers, sometimes starting at 5:30am and be back to join the 6:30 group, then the 7am group, sometimes swimming until close to 10 on my own.

First swimmer in, last swimmer out on many days.

I would mix around the pace, depending on the group and individuals I was swimming with. There were always faster swimmers to chase, and I knew who I had to stick to make myself hurt.

No paddles, no pool buoys, no wetsuit. Just ocean swimming.

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

The difference being the Rotto swim is in February. You can train through Summer. Unless you're in Qld, or you like cold water, prepping for a 20km swim in September is going to be tough.

I actually kicked on from Rotto and upped my mileage to train right through winter for an August swim which never eventuated. 

No wetsuit. Biggest volume week was over 60 km.

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I've only seen juvenile dusky whalers, grey nurse, wobbiegongs, Port Jacksons, crested horns, blind sharks and a hammerhead at Manly. Nothing at all likely to take a nip from a human.

Though, while still dark one morning, I did have a grey nurse suddenly appearing from the gloom to pass just beyond a metre from my face. That was momentarily unsettling as it slipped through my limited field of view, until I realised what it was. I was swimming alone at the time.

For me, swimming in my regular patch, becoming acquainted with the marine life and its seasonal changes, the familiarity made me feel particularly comfortable that area of the ocean. It certainly helped to know that on any day in the previous decade, between 50 and 400 swimmers would have been out there swimming the same stretch of water without incident.

You do become mentally accustomed to it with repeated exposure. Diving into a dark ocean most mornings. Often with maybe 3 or 6 others.Some days alone and embracing the solitude of being a lone human presence enveloped by this massive natural ecosystem.

I felt no less safe swimming than I did driving to the beach.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Paul Every said:

I've only seen juvenile dusky whalers, grey nurse, wobbiegongs, Port Jacksons, crested horns, blind sharks and a hammerhead at Manly. Nothing at all likely to take a nip from a human.

Though, while still dark one morning, I did have a grey nurse suddenly appearing from the gloom to pass just beyond a metre from my face. That was momentarily unsettling as it slipped through my limited field of view, until I realised what it was. I was swimming alone at the time.

For me, swimming in my regular patch, becoming acquainted with the marine life and its seasonal changes, the familiarity made me feel particularly comfortable that area of the ocean. It certainly helped to know that on any day in the previous decade, between 50 and 400 swimmers would have been out there swimming the same stretch of water without incident.

You do become mentally accustomed to it with repeated exposure. Diving into a dark ocean most mornings. Often with maybe 3 or 6 others.Some days alone and embracing the solitude of being a lone human presence enveloped by this massive natural ecosystem.

I felt no less safe swimming than I did driving to the beach.

 

 

This is my experience too re: sharks and swimming , however, I am slightly more concscious of what might be. 

I tend to be a saftery in numbers guys.

Also doing the 6:00 , 06:30 and 7:00am B&B's which would give me about 4.5 K.

Only every really had a bit of concern on the rough days where less people swam at 06:00. Now that beaches are potentially closed it's back to Manly Dam for me.

PS: Sharks - had same experience as paul with a couple of grey nurse. You have this initial shock then you sort of realise.....it is what it is.

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