|heading down to the water|
I didn’t really have a ‘plan’ as such as I really just wanted to overcome the unknown of ‘getting in and getting out”. There were only a couple of little waves to jump over so I was out over the break in no time at all!! I powered out for a few seconds, then popped up to have a look at how far from the shore I was. It was probably only about 50m or so but I suddenly felt VERY deep. I’m not scared of the ocean but being out there on my my own (except for a couple of surfers), surrounded by blue, I suddenly felt a tiny bit panicked!! “Don’t be ridiculous I told myself” and I put my head down and started to swim (parallel to the beach of course – I wasn’t going any further out than I needed to).
My eyes were still tightly shut and I realised that I needed to open them if I wanted to see where I was going!!! For some reason I just couldn’t do it! It was like that feeling you have when you are home alone and you hear a noise downstairs. You’re too scared to look in case you see something……….you don’t even know what, but you start picturing all sorts! I couldn’t help having that same feeling – like I was going to open my eyes and have some big sea creature staring back at me!!
Good job I’m doing this practise run – I don’t want to be too much of a nervous nelly on the day!! Although I have decided that swimming with a huge group of people can’t be as scary as swimming on your own!!
Once I relaxed, I actually started to enjoy the swim, although it’s totally different to being in the ocean pool. I was close enough to the shore to get the swell before it broke into a wave, so on every other breath I was met by a huge wall of blue that lifted me up……….and then down………..up ………. and then down. I also kept lifting my head right up to check where I was and that I was still swimming in a straight line.
|Watching mummy in the water|
It was much harder than being in pool, so this is definitely going to be a challenge! I kept going for about 200m or so and then felt a sudden sting on my leg. I stopped in my tracks and spun around to see what had got me………! Then I felt all those tiny needle like pricks start to tingle at the back of my knee and knew it was a jellyfish (of some sort).
PHEW!!!! I made it!! I can tick that one off the list. Now all I have to do is swim the Bold and Beautiful tomorrow morning (a lovely swim, I believe, from Manly Beach to Shelley Beach) and it’ll be D-day!!
|Miss H stole my beach dress, so I had to walk home wrapped in my towel!|