A Day In The Life – September 2006
To qualify for the race, you had to prove that you could do it in 5 hours. That was doable for me, as I had done the Bonaire 6.2 mile race in less than 3 hours, but I knew it would be close for me to get across under that time. Ian and I swam 7 miles very comfortably a week before the race, and on pace, so I was feeling better about getting in before 5 hours. Especially since conditions in Hawaii are generally very smooth this time of year.
It is ironic that I was nervous I would be humiliated by coming in at maybe 5 hours 30 minutes, but that now I am very proud of myself for coming in at 8 hours 46
minutes! I was still the last swimmer in, but I figure that I got first in the stick-to-it department. And I had a wonderful time. The ocean is warm and clear and I didn’t see a single shark. Yahoo!
Thanks also to my nutritionist, Cathy Sassin of Intrafitt who helped me figure out what was going to fuel me during the swim. Thanks to her expertise, I never
“bonked”. I’m slow but steady! And bottomless gratitude to Ian, who also swam (way ahead of me- he finished in 7 hours 11 minutes). He is amazingly supportive, and the most wonderful partner anyone could have.