Saturday, October 2, 2010
Results of Slam the Dam (Lake Mead) - Grand Slam in 2:58:38
One improvement however is the need for an official starting buoy. If there was one, I didn't see it. The pack seemed to move further and further away from the shoreline before the race started. I stayed back and asked Jacob to make sure to start the GPS when the horn went off. I also started my stopwatch.
So this race consisted of five different events: 1.2 Mile, 2.4 Mile, 3.6 Mile (Super Slam), 8K, and 8K + 1.2 Mile (10K = Grand Slam). I did the Grand Slam, the maximum distance for this race.
Grand Slam (8K + 1.2M = 6.2 miles): 10 swimmers
8K (5 Miles): 33
Super Slam (3.6 Miles):17
2.4 Mile: 57
1.2 Mile: 50
Total of 167 swimmers. That's the biggest non triathlon OW race I've ever been to. Even though there were only 10 in my event.
Lake Mead is awesome with how clear the water is. I could see the bottom at about a 12 feet depth. I can't say the same when I swim anywhere else, except maybe Bear Lake. This race was very different in that the last 1.2 miles is swam as a group after you finish the 8K. So I had to hang out for about 40 minutes before starting the last 1.2 miles. I got some nourishment, which was nice cause I hadn't taken any feedings or water breaks for the 8K at all. And I really went all out on the last mile.
When they started us on the 1.2 mile it seemed like torture. My body had already started to stiffen up. But within about 500 yards I was able to slowly loosen back up and get back into my rhythm. When I got to the turnaround point I saw that there was only one other green capped swimmer ahead of me. I sped up and was able to make several passes, but never did catch that first place Grand Slam swimmer. I did finish VERY strong though. My final time came in at 2:58:38.
Jacob did a great job as my kayak support. He stayed with me and gave me all the proper mile readings and encouragement. My goal was under 3:00 and I barely met that deadline, but I did do it. I took a temp at the end my thermometer read 83 degrees in the shallows. It felt warm, but not that warm. Definitely not the ideal temp for a long swim on a hot day. But I had no regrets, I swam the best I possibly could have. I came in fourth place out of ten swimmers. Congrats to Daniel and James for fantastic times!
The Grand Slam results are very interesting. The two oldest swimmers took first and second place. That gives me hope! Apparently age is NOT a factor in how well you do compared to others in your event.