Sunday was a trip down memory lane. Thirty three years ago, I did my first ocean swim, in an event that hadn’t been going all that long, the Palm Beach to Whale Beach ocean swim. I wasn’t much of a swimmer back then but decided to give it a go. Years later on a hot Sunday morning, I’m heading up to Palm Beach in a chartered bus with about 30 colleagues from the Balmoral Beach Club.What this has to do with recovering from tibial plateau fracture and surgery I don’t know. It’s better than sitting in the gym pounding away on the bicycle of death or doing endless leg presses which I’ve been studiously avoiding of late. I’m a bit apprehensive. I have lost a lot of confidence in the surf and while I used to revel in getting out through big waves at Palm Beach and tearing off around the headland to Whaley, 2.8km away, I no longer relish the prospect. I’ve never done it with the snorkel of shame either. Never mind. It looks like a calm, flat day in the ocean and the company on the bus is very jolly
Well that wasn’t so bad. No swell, fairly glassy conditions, no wind and no blue bottles. In fact, at 45m 43s ,it’s the fastest I’ve ever done the 2.8 km course. Surprised myself. Must be the snorkel. I had a lot riding on it. I bet Denise Elder a bottle of wine that I would beat her. This is usually not a sound bet. To my surprise, and her horror, I won by 1m 34s. It was a beautiful swim water very clean and warm. The hardest part was hanging around for a couple of hours at Palm Beach before the start trying to avoid being sunburnt. Barry Feyder hosted me for lunch afterwards as we planned our upcoming Palm Beach to Manly swim which is an adventure of considerably greater magnitude, now planned for May this year. Hopefully. No injuries.
The afternoon found me sound asleep in bed – a couple of hours to just completely zone out. Boy I was tired. All the the swimming training and rehab training is now joined by apprehension about the upcoming skiing trip. I leave in two weeks. I can’t do this if I break my leg again on the trip to Montana and Idaho . I have been really slack over the last fortnight with my rehab training and my knee is starting to ache a bit. Swimming and working is just making me too tired.
|Swimmer||Time||Category Place||Gender Place|
|Oliver KING (927)||0:45:41||30-39 Years (77)||Male (381)|
|Derek HEATH (1250)||0:45:42||50-59 Years (82)||Male (382)|
|Richard CAVANAGH (1335)||0:45:42||50-59 Years (83)||Male (383)|
|Kieran KELLY (1432)||0:45:43||60-69 Years (23)||Male (384)|
|Matthew MORTIMER (1056)||0:45:44||40-49 Years (100)||Male (385)|