Wow! Another swim year has come to an end already.
It was an interesting and challenging one. After having raced many years in the pool, it was suggested to me that I attempt Open Water swimming. More precisely, open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. To be honest, I wasn’t keen about it at first. Nevertheless, I told myself that I would at least give it a shot before convincing myself that it wasn’t an event for me. That being said, I ended up training all year with an open water focus in mind.
Throughout the season, I was fortunate enough to compete in four 10k open water races; Argentina, Mexico, South Korea, and the last one being held in my own very province, Québec. My first race, which was held in Argentina, was definitely a tremendous eye opener for me. It’s not what I had envisioned. I was fighting currents, and trying not to get too nauseous from the never ending waves. I was more traumatized than anything as I came out of my race with a black eye and a swollen lip - yikes! I was quickly reminded that Rome was not built in a day. Luckily, I stuck with it and as the season progressed, racing Open Water grew on me. I gained experience and got a better grasp from one race to the next.
Sooner than later, I found myself racing my last 10k of the season in Lac Mégantic, QC. I was proud of my efforts as I swam a 'smart' race, applying the skills and strategies I had learned. The fact that I came first Canadian at this meet is a sign that I'm on the right track. My coach and I know what I need to improve in order to compete with the best at an international level. Racing at home is always nice and comforting. The water temperature tends to be a little cold for some foreigners, but for me, I felt at home.
I realize that Open Water training demands much mileage. However, I have and am embracing this Nemo lifestyle for now 〜 Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!