Saturday, 31 January 2015

Claire Hobson Speaks About The Taupo Epic Swim 2015

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…” Just one of the many messages I received before beginning the 10km swim on Lake Taupo on Saturday 10th January 2015. 

I laughed at these messages at the time, but during the swim they were the mantra that got me through. A 10km swim is equivalent to running a marathon and it is a mental achievement as much as a physical effort.

All my swimming in the past was completed in the pool and I had completed a few short ocean events. My main distance leading up to the event was a 5km swim at the Pan Pacific Games in 2014. I was comfortable swimming 5km and thought a 10km swim would be no problem. So I decided to enter the 10km swim on Lake Taupo as well as the Masters 2.5km classic. For good measure I entered my partner as well: Dermot Smith. I thought if I could endure it, then he could too.

A lake swim has its unique challenges; a fresh water lake does not have the same buoyancy as the sea (where I had completed most of my training). Lakes are also slightly cooler than the sea. I would be completing the event without a wetsuit so these two factors contributed to my performance on the day.

Although nervous I slept well the night before and ate a hearty breakfast fueling my body for the
massive swim ahead. The course was made up of 4 x 2.5km loops with a feeding station at one end of the course. Feeding is essential to keeping your body powered up through the event. I bribed my mother to feed my partner and myself and my Dad rigged up a homemade feeding device, made from a broomstick and a peg basket which seemed to do the trick wonderfully (according to my mum).
Now its game on…..

As the hooter sounded, my partner and myself were determined to stick together so we could have a sprint off at the end. When I arrived at the first feeding stop I was feeling on top of the world. My partner commented “Why are you so chirpy? There’s another 9km to go.” Up to the 5km mark things were going according to plan except for the diesel fumes from the lead boat and the IRBs. About 6.5km into the swim the messages I had received before the race were now becoming important. My body was beginning to tire and my head space was getting darker and darker. All I could think about was getting to the next feeding station while my body was screaming at me to stop swimming. Eventually the feeding boat came into view and my previous chirpy self, had now become a monster with attitude. At the feeding station I took on a power gel, water and pureed apple hoping this would fuel me up for the remainder of the race. I was now starting to get cold and my stomach was urging me to ‘feed the trout’ i.e. vomit. My head space was now even darker and I began to wonder if I would be able to finish the race. By now stopping and starting was a regular occurrence and a few questions from the IRBs as to whether I could continue. But somewhere inside my head I could hear a small voice “just keep swimming….” I was now swimming buoy by buoy not feeding station to feeding station and told myself it was all down hill from here. Many thanks to the guys in the IRBs who patiently shadowed me as I swam my way home. Yay! Eventually I reached the shore and I slapped the finishing mat (I had to remember that my transponder was on my wrist not my ankle).

As soon as I exited the water my body started to shake and I was guided to the St Johns ambulance tent where I was stripped down, wrapped in foil and baked until my body temperature returned to normal. Thanks St John!

Prizegiving was a blur. Apparently my name was called for a spot prize: I won a blue seventy wetsuit. My partner also won a spot prize: an arena jacket. Thanks to all the sponsors.

My final time was 3hrs and 45 minutes. I placed 9th in my age group.

Am I glad I swum at this event?? Of course!! To all those out there who want to give distance swimming a crack – go for it. Believe in yourself. You can do it.

The following day I swam in the Masters 2.5km classic and placed 4th in my age group. This was a breeze!

Well done to all the organisers, swimmers and feeders and volunteers on the day. 


Who am I?

Swimming is a huge part of my life. I began swimming at a very young age and became competitive when I was 15. In 2007 I joined the Waitakere City Masters Swim Club and I currently swim 5-6 times per week. I am coached by Simon Mayne whose speciality is coaching Paralympics swimmers. In the past few years I have travelled to numerous places in New Zealand to compete in pool and ocean events and have also travelled across to Australia to compete in the Pan Pacific Games and the Australian Champs. Last year I travelled to Samoa to compete in the Samoa Swim Series. 


During the day I work as a Primary School teacher where I teach 5 and 6 year olds. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies and spending time with my partner, friends and family.

My long term goal is to continue swimming competitively and to participate in the 2017 World Masters Games which are being held in Auckland. 







NZMS Long Course Champs - 27 - 28 March 2015




The NZMS LC will be hosted by South City Masters

DATE:  27 - 28 March 2015

Download the entry form here:  https://app.box.com/s/5s2ls6jz716xrrgqv8pq

VENUE:  Papatoetoe Centennial Pools





















Please support this event and make sure you enter before 14 March!

Workout of The Week - Focus on All 4 Strokes

Total Distance:3400 yards


500m  warmup mix of strokes
(use all 4 strokes)

2 x 200 IM kick only
(ok to use a kickboard on this drill but you do not have to)

2 x 200 IM pull only
(either cross your ankles, or use a pull bouy to float your legs)

4 x 100  butterfly, resting :30 between
(swim each at a consistent pace)

4 x 100 backstroke, resting :30 between
(swim each at a consistent pace)

4 x 100 breaststroke, resting :30 between
(swim each at a consistent pace)

2 x 200 IM resting :30 between
(swim at a comfortable pace)

500 freestyle warmdown
(swim slowly and relax)

Winners of the Chelsea swim Entry Passes - 8 February 2015


The winners of the entry passes to the Chelsea Swim on 8th Feb are:

Jo Gilbert
and
Hilary Hazell


More About the Auckland Central Masters Harbour Swims  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz



Bays now Chelsea Swim - 8 February 2015
Rangitoto - 2nd March 2015
10km Marathon Swim - 26 April

Upcoming Events

AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
Bays has changed to Chelsea Swim - 8 Feb 2015
Rangitoto - 2 March 2015
10km Marathon Swim - 26 April 2015

STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HERE:  http://oceanswim.co.nz/


KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES:  Enter Here: http://www.summerswim.co.nz/
FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
MARCH:          5, 12, 19
APRIL:             2


CAMBRIDGE MASTERS 30TH ANNUAL SANCTIONED SWIM MEET:  14 FEBRUARY 2015
Entry Form

NEW ZEALAND MASTERS GAMES:  30 January - 8 February 2015
More information at this link:  http://www.nzmg.com/

BEAN ROCK SWIM:  21 February 2015.  More info on their website:  www.beanrockswim.co.nz

RED BEACH SWIM:  22 February 2015. More info on their website:  http://www.redbeachslsc.com/About+Us/SeniorSurf+Division/Open+Water+Swim.html

NZMS NATIONAL LONG COURSE CHAMPS:  27 - 28 March 2015, Papatoetoe, Auckland
Entry form

5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

NZMS NISC 2015 - 16 and 17 October 2015 hosted by Levin

Win an Entry Pass for the Bean Rock Swim on 21st February 2015


We have a special give away for one lucky masters swimmer.  To go into the draw to win an entry pass to the Bean Rock Swim on 21st February follow the link below.


Entry Form

  • Bean Rock Entry Pass Competition

  • Should be Empty:

The Bean Rock Swim is an iconic 3.2k open water swimming race and gives you the opportunity to swim out to and around the largest navigational marker in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour before retracing your strokes to the shore at Mission Bay. For the less adventurous or those building up their confidence and skill, we also offer a "half" distance of 1.6k.  Read more about the Bean Rock Swim on their website:  http://www.beanrockswim.co.nz/

Sunday, 11 January 2015

NZMS NISC 2015 - DATES ANNOUNCED



Levin Masters Swimmers

Host of the 2015




At Levin Masters Swimming we feel we have a certain reputation:

If we were a girl we would be holding a glass of bubbly with Amy Winehouse hair and eyes, fixing you in the force field of our stare, drawing you in. Our Doc Martin boots would be laced up tight and we’d be ready to dance, ready for anything. We laugh at blisters. Our thighs are toned and so are our
brains. We can synchronize swim without water.

If we were a boy we would be Batman, so handsome in black and with enough cool to save the ice caps from melting. We look good in a skin-tight suit and a rubber hat . . . with ears. We’re also fabulous cooks, and we rock a pinny too, a floral one with a big pocket which we find handy.



Be there, and be a super hero

More information to come soon on NZMS and Masterscrawl websites, and random newsletters like this beauty.

Complaints or enquires see our Secretary Sarah: sgoldie@compassnet.co.nz

Disclaimer: blah blah blah we are not responsible, ok.

Upcoming Events 2015

AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
Bays has changed to Chelsea Swim - 8 Feb 2015
Rangitoto - 2 March 2015
10km Marathon Swim - 26 April 2015

STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HERE:  http://oceanswim.co.nz/


KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES:  Enter Here: http://www.summerswim.co.nz/
JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
MARCH:          5, 12, 19
APRIL:             2

KATIKATI MASTERS POOL CHAMPS & 2km OCEAN SWIM: 17 - 18 January 2015
Entry Form
Information Sheet

CAMBRIDGE MASTERS 30TH ANNUAL SANCTIONED SWIM MEET:  14 FEBRUARY 2015
Entry Form

NEW ZEALAND MASTERS GAMES:  30 January - 8 February 2015
More information at this link:  http://www.nzmg.com/

BEAN ROCK SWIM:  21 February 2015.  More info on their website:  www.beanrockswim.co.nz

RED BEACH SWIM:  22 February 2015. More info on their website:  http://www.redbeachslsc.com/About+Us/SeniorSurf+Division/Open+Water+Swim.html

NZMS NATIONAL LONG COURSE CHAMPS:  27 - 28 March 2015, Papatoetoe, Auckland
Entry form

5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

NZMS NISC 2015 - 16 and 17 October 2015 hosted by Levin

Swim Workout of the Week



Warmup
400 swim, 300 catch up drill, 200 side-kick (alternating the side you kick on every 25), 100 build speed

Main set: 2-3 rounds
6x50 sprint on 20s rest
300 race pace
200 build speed
200 easy

Cool Down:
100 easy

Win One of Two Entry Passes to the Chelsea Swim 8th February


The Bays Swim has now become the Chelsea Swim on 8 February 2015

To go into the draw to win one of 2 entry passes to the Chelsea Swim enter at this link .

Enter HERE!!  Entry form for Chelsea Swim


  • Win one of Two Entry Passes to the Chelsea ACM Swim - 8 February 2015

  • Should be Empty:


More About the Auckland Central Masters Harbour Swims  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz



Bays now Chelsea Swim - 8 February 2015
Rangitoto - 2nd March 2015
10km Marathon Swim - 26 April

Free NZMS Membership up for Grabs - Complete our Survey

To go into the draw to win your free 2015 NZMS membership or to have your already paid 2015 fee reimbursed, please complete the 2014 NZMS Survey by clicking on the link below.

NZMS 2014 SURVEY