Race Report : MOWS PD OWS Challenge II

“Starting/Finishing Line of the MOWS PD OWS Challenge II.”

Date : 1 July 2018 (Sunday)

Time : 0700am-1100am 

Venue : Pantai Bagan Pinang, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Official Results :  Time 1:42:05.837     | Endomondo Results :Time 1:42:05

My Swimming Pagehttp://www.yohanibrahim.com/blog/swimming/

Ratings (out of 5 Stars)

  1. Food : ***
  2. Organizer : SwimOn ****
  3. Croud/happening : *****
  4. Tent : ****
  5. Water : *** (should have provided mineral water at the start/before race)
  6. Swim Course : **** for a beginner I can’t complain more.
  7. Sea condition : ****** (calm as swimming pool! ) no current or whatsoever
  8. Weather : **** Light rain, but better then hot burning sun.
  9. Markers/Buoys : ***
  10. Assistant : ****
  11. Kayaks/Boat/Security personal : *****
  12. Shops/merchandise : ***
  13. Buoy rental : ***
  14. Portable toilets : *** (only 6 near the Pertahanan Awam van) + the one near the foodcourt
  15. Public showers : *** 
  16. Drove : Non to be seen, compared to the 1st event.
  17. Official Cameraman/videographer : **
  18. Music : *** 
  19. Overall event : ****, 4 Stars I must say.

Race Report : As this was my 2nd Open water swimming event and my 1st 3km open sea event, I had no big expectations. My personal target was just to finish within the cutoff time as I knew my capabilities. This is a stepping stone to my next event, Perhentian 4KM solo swim around the Perhentian Besar Island in a couple of months.

Starting Lineup :  The Crowd/spectators were nice. Firstly, I did some warming up/normal routine same as pool (will elaborate more sometime). Secondly put my A game face,  (some pics thanks Zan+wife) jumped into the water. The starting line was between the 1st marker and 2nd marker but the organizer couldn’t control the participants . I would suggest a rope at beginning and remove the rope just a few secs before the starting of the race. That will make a better straight line at the starting line. In my mind, I put the mantra. (leisure mode although it was race) 

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air“, Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, lecturer, and poet.

1st loop . Well . This was ok. I guess I did well as my feet were still fresh. Previous most swim i did was about 2.5km. Normally in a pool i can swim up to 1km within half an hour. So for this event, the goal was to just finish below 2hours (cut off time) . Then only it will be mission accomplished for me. 

“This is the Buoy/Marker around the Course from close range”

2nd loop : Before the 2nd buoy at the far end, I nearly gave up. The PINK Buoy/marker seemed so far(sample as picture above). I even stopped at one point to drink water from the kayak .As some points, I was doing a lot of breast store compared to free style swimming. Surprisingly the sea condition was great for a PB but I blame myself for my lack of training. Only 1 week before I did a 2km open water sea for the whole 2months prior to this race. The journey was tiring and at times I wish it was over.

As a famous movies quote, “Pain heals, Chic dig Scars, Glory- last FOREVER” – The replacements.

At Finishing Line : The feeling to finally finish the race was overwhelming. Finally the pain and soreness is going to end. As the official results came out, they were 6 more behind me (exclude those DNS). But that didn’t bother me much. It just meant that I need to push harder and be well prepared for the next time around. In running event’s I always push to be the top 10% if possible. But as a newbie in swimming events I’ll take it slow. It’s still a long way from being an OCEANMAN.  

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An aspiring Pilot who has passion in Geography, Aviation, Traveling, Scuba diving, Marine Conservation, Hiking, Camping, Swimming and Running. My life mantra would be "life isn't measured in minutes, but in moments"

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