Friday, October 03, 2008

"Leave Others In Your Wake"

That's the tagline for the Singapore Open Water Swim 2008.

Held in conjunction with the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (what a mouthful), the Singapore Open Water Swim 2008 will be conducted at East Coast Park too!

And i'll be there this Saturday, 4 Oct 08, for the 5km swim.

You must be thinking "you're Crazy"... well i think "you're Crazy" too!
Come watch me struggle myself crazy and gulp sea water on Saturday?
Haha!

FINA = Federation Internationale de Natation, French for International Swimming Federation

--- After-Swim UPDATE ---

Singapore Open Water Swim 2008, Swim Route

Completed the 5km Singapore Open Water Swim:
1. 63 swimmers started the race (5km, Open Category)
2. 25 swimmers did not finish the race
3. first swimmer finished in 1:32:49
4. last swimmer finished in 4:28:08
5. i drank at least 2L of seawater during my swim
6. no feelings in the arms from 2.5km onwards
7. i ate a Power Gel (Strawberry & Banana flavour) at 3km
8. i drank 500ml of water at 3km and 250ml at 4km
9. likely sunburnt on the arms, shoulders, neck, face and ears
10. battled against current (of >2knots) on each return 500m stretch
11. my 1km lap average: 9min (first 500m) + 27min (next 500m)
12. finished in 12th position (out of 63 swimmers)
13. my timing... 2:58:55

Now i need a good massage... haha

Power Gel
I was occasionally recommending for the jet-ski guys to "get the message to the organisers/sponsors: bring the Power Gel sachets into the water, they swimmers would definitely love it!" Alas, i didn't see any brought in during my 3hrs.

If anyone involved in, or related to, the Singapore OWS is reading this, i highly recommend sponsoring Power Gels in-swim, similar to the water bottles given by the canoeists. Swimmers with no prior experience with Power Gels would definitely appreciate it halfway through their swim, and be bought on it.

4 Comments:

Anonymous me-shell said...

can't be there to document the definitive moment as you "struggle yourself crazy and gulp seawater"....but hey, jia you anyway! Have fun swimming! =)

*waves pom poms*

Sat Oct 04, 04:44:00 AM  
Anonymous me-shell said...

Here are some sources you may wish to check out with regards to the virgin shark birth :

Reuters

National Geographic

Amazing, isn't it? =)

Sun Oct 19, 03:28:00 AM  
Anonymous me-shell said...

However, I forgot to mention that the mother died. =(

Sun Oct 19, 03:48:00 AM  
Blogger Dank said...

It's indeed interesting.. i guess it's a natural (but till now unknown) phenomenon, since Komodo Dragons and Birds, among other species, can also do it.

Thu Oct 23, 12:23:00 AM  

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