I’m in! 2-Mile OWS in August

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I’ve been so nervous leading up to this morning! You probably noticed the amount of swimming I’ve been doing has been increasing steadily since moving to Los Angeles, and to really set a challenge for myself I signed up for the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, a 2-mile open ocean race from Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach.
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Prior to getting to Los Angeles in May, it had been since November that I’d even stepped foot in a pool and since August that I swam in the ocean, so you can imagine why I was so nervous.

All that aside, I had a great swim today! A little fogginess in the google, but otherwise I felt great! I managed to put down a 1:33/100yd pace but am very mindful that this was a quick swim check, not a 2-mile race with 700+ people in my swim wave. Yes, you read that right. There are only three divisions: Men’s, Women’s, and Wetsuits (combined)!

Here’s a deeper look at how the day played out for me:

So what’s the plan? I’d love to hear your OWS strategies, tips and tactics! Right now I’m planning to line up middle-left and try to get through the first turn unscathed. Once everyone starts fanning out, I’ll use the Manhattan Pier for sighting and try to duck in behind and draft as many swimmers as I can (until they pull out of range). Seems easy enough, ya??? 😂

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