At my first triathlon in 2007 – Bala Falls Give-it-a-tri Triathlon – I swam 400 meters in 13 minutes, with an average of 3:15 min / 100 m. Because I did not do any training in 2007 and 2008, at my next triathlons my pace was between 3:05 and 3:21 min/100m and all of them were give-it-a-tris, with only 400 meters of swimming.
In 2009 I slowly started training regularly. My first long swim consisted of one mile that I managed to finish in exactly one hour, which means an average pace of 3:44 min/100m. After that my left shoulder hurt for about two weeks. Until then I had never swum for more than 400 meters. I quickly started to improve my times with an all high record of 2 Km, with no stops, in 42:53 min – 2:06 min/100m. My best open water swim was at Muskoka Ironman 70.3 in September 2009, where I managed to finish the 1.2 miles in 43:38 min – 2:16 min /km. After Muskoka, I kind of stopped training. I started again in February and to my dismay my average lap time was around 2:20 min.
I still have more than two and a half months left until Ironman Lake Placid. My goal is to finish the 2.4 miles in 1:20 hours, which means that I have to keep a pace of 2:04 per 100 meters. My problem is that I have never swum longer than 2K so far and I have no clue what my time is for 4K or if I am able to swim continuously for 4K. Plus Lake Placid has a mass swim start, where about 2,300 athletes start swimming in the same time. That’s scary!!!