(Written Friday, 22 July 2016)
Today was another long day but we did get to take a nap in the middle. I’m sorry for not writing yesterday but it was a fairly uneventful day aside from the morning swim. So I’ll start with that and then dive into today.
The swim yesterday was a 500m swim with ALL individual athletes…all 80 of us. We had a 7am call time at the hotel after getting to bed by 1am the night before….
Oh, so let’s jump back to that quickly…after I sent my blog post about getting on a plane earlier than expected, everything still ended up being delayed. The most frustrating part was after we landed at LAX, there wasn’t a gate for us or two planes in front of us, so we sat for a good 45 mins on the runway waiting for one. Anyway, we eventually got one and finally made it back to the drop off point for the busses at midnight.
So, back to Thursday. We met at the hotel at 7am to get our brief. We knew we had a swim but we didn’t know where it was to be held or how exactly it was being run and if we had anything else, as in additional movements, with it. We were given the course details and location details and shortly after, we headed off to Redondo Beach. Once we got there, we had a quick run around of the course with Dave Castro and then the head lifeguard talked to us about the water and waves (and assured us there were no sharks). The initial plan was for the girls to start 30 seconds after the men, but that plan changed back and there was to be a mass start with the guys in the front line and the ladies in the back.
And it was a fight. There was pushing, kicking and all sorts going on – 80 people on a 500m course is a lot of people. I wasn’t the fastest sprinter on the sand and was one of the last people in the water but I took my inside route and worked my way out through the waves quite well and when I rounded the first buoy, it wasn’t too crowded. Then we had straight away of 250m where I was able to settle into a pace and pass some more people. As I approached the final rounding mark before we headed back into the beach, I felt someone starting to grab at my ankles. I kicked back to try and shake them off and then there was a big grab to pull me under. I wound up with my leg and kicked whoever it was as hard as I could to tell them to back off and they did after that. As we headed back into the beach, it was all about wave management. The waves were BIG! I got tossed around on one that made me lose a couple of people I think but then again, I had no idea where I was in the race so I’m not entirely sure what the damage was. Then it was a sprint to the finish. It was then that I realized I crossed the line as the 6th place girl. I was happy with the score considering it was a chaotic race and didn’t know what was really going on anywhere.
Shortly after the race, we were all grouped together and informed that we had no more events for the day, just our orientation at the StubHub center and were told to rest up, which we all did!
At the orientation on Thursday afternoon, we were briefed on the first two events for Friday’s competition. These first two we already knew about, Murph and the Squat Clean pyramid. Then they dropped the news that Murph would start at 7am for the ladies! Another early morning. But then the second event wasn’t until 3:30pm so we were able to go and rest up and relax before the afternoon fun started.
Friday, then, started with a 4:45am wake up call to get dressed and out the door and to be able to warm up for Murph.
Murph: – with a 14# vest