Not just runners our members are often keen to try new things. In March Andrew took part in his first ocean swim – the 1km swim at Balmoral. Keep reading to find out how Andrew got on…
What made you decide to enter an ocean swim?
I've been doing long distance running for a few years and have done several marathons and half marathons, I wanted to take up a new challenge. It was also much more enjoyable swimming over the Sydney summer than doing long runs.
What was the highlight of the swim?
It would have to be the amazing feeling of accomplishment I had crossing the finish line after getting out of the water - having never done an ocean swim before. I had no idea what to expect and was a bit nervous. But in the end it went really well, thanks to the awesome support from my guide Stu, in getting me through safely.
What was the biggest challenge?
Probably keeping up and staying with Stu, my guide. There were so many swimmers around that it was sometimes hard to spot him! We did lose each other a few times, but he'd always call out to me and I'd swim over.
Having successfully completed your first swim are there more on the horizon?
Definitely, it's now the end of the season but I am planning to keep up my pool swimming and will be back next summer.
Your next running event is the Canberra marathon, how's the training going?
It's going fairly well, Canberra is a week away and I'm feeling good. I've finished all my long runs and am currently in the taper - it's been great to have more rest and let my body recover. I think the swimming training has really benefited my running as well, I do feel stronger as a result. Looking forward to carb-ing up this week!
We wish Andrew the best of luck for Canberra. Best of luck if you’re also running and if you see any of our yellow shirts out on the course please cheer us on #goachilles
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