After my first week of the new drug I have been put on I didn’t get to do much exercise on the week days this past week as they weren’t really sure how the drug would affect my heart with the intensity of working out that I do. By Friday I was going nuts so I headed off to swim squad and did an hour of the squad at a reasonable pace but didn’t partake in any of the sprinting. I did want to get in the water because I had the Pier to Pub 1.2km Ocean swim happening on Saturday, so getting wet before then was imparitive. I had no problems with the swim so headed down to the VIS to the gym and was able to complete my entire workout without so much as a hiccup! So as far as I was concerned it was full steam ahead for the weekend.
Saturday the 33rd annual Pier to Pub swim was being held in Lorne, Victoria, a beautiful little town on the Great Ocean Road. The Pier to Pub is the largest open water swim in the world and has just been given the title of the Best Open Water swim in the world! Not bad for a swim started by a few hardy souls all those years ago who challenged each other to jump off the Pier and swim to the Pub! It is the best run swim I have ever been a part of and this was going to be my 13th year of swimming it. I always head down with my girlfriends Clare, Heather (her 20th swim!) and Rosie. But Rosie (who is usually our pack horse!) is off riding around Cuba right now so it was just the three of us until another friend Julia needed a ride. So the 4 of us headed off at 6am Saturday morning and made our way to Lorne. We like to get there early so that we can park, be first to register and then head off to breakfast before our afternoon swim.
This year was the largest swim they have had with 5000 entrants and probably about 25,000 people descending on the town of Lorne and about 15,000 people on the beach! So needless to say it was busy. But no matter how many people take part the running of the swim by the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club is amazing. Waves of swimmers walk to the pier and go off in age group and estimated time of swim groups. Everyone is so helpful, especially if you are like me and need assistance to get down the ramp into the water. Clare was in the first heat of our 4 as she is younger and was going to be waiting for me at the finish to help me out of the water and up the beach. You see with my MS my balance isn’t great and when I try to stand up with ocean water moving that throws me off even more! Then trying to get up the beach is even harder when you have people trying to run past you to the finish line. One year I would love it to be a water finish…I would probably move up quite a few places! Heather and I were the next to get in the water and swim with Julia being the last of our little foursome to enter the water.