So long without a post, (wow it looks like ages) but I would like to share that important experience about the importance of tide and straight swim in theory same OWS distance with a totally different time result for aprox. 5 Kms, close to 11'30''...
OWS was from Repulse Bay to Stanley pier in Hong Kong Island aprox. 5 Kms.
First time result 4,850 meters and 1h19'51'' on July 31st:
Second time result: 5,210 meters and 1h31'21'' on September 25th, 360 meters more swam and 11'30'' slower than first one mainly due to very strong tide coming out of Stanley bay...it looked like when I was looking to the coast that I was literally not moving, 13'24'' slower than first time on the last 1,710 meters!!!
Btw, just quick update, I am trying to train for my 3rd OD triathlon in Hong Kong HKITU on October 24th,
and hopefully to finish under 2h30'...let's see!!
K-Swiss 2010 Hong Kong ITU Asia Pacific
Finally, my next challenge to finish first 70.3 have been delayed till December 5th Asia Pacific one in Phuket...let's see if my third 70.3 will work, first one Singapore, ITBS injury, second one Phillipines, too long summer vacation in Spain with excellent food and wine and not trained enough...let's cross-fingers for 3rd tentative! ("A la tercera va la vencida?" they say in Spanish)
Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship
Talk to you after HKITU to share result and experience one year later of my first OD triathlon!