Swimming

I am lucky that as an englishman growing up in london, my parents sorted out swimming lessons from an early age and so i have always been able to swim and even remember doing lengths of hounslow baths as a youngster. that, and holidays spent by the seaside (often at worthing on the south coast) meant that i grew up with a love if the sea.
In adulthood, and moving to australia, i have spent many hours at the beach. a few triathlons and time spent in the pool topped up this keenness. however, its fair to say that moving close to cronulla i have really fallen in love with swimming in the sea; in fact it is becoming quite a passion. many people are very scared about swimming in the sea, and i guess it can be very dangerous, but if you swim a lot in your local area you get the feel of it and can judge the safety (which changes from day to day). there are some great spots to swim near where i live, but undoubtedly the swim par excellence is swimming around shark island – it is just the very best.
I just love this quote, i think it expresses what i feel about swimming in the sea as opposed to swimming in the pool:
  • some swims are indelible, they never leave you. there’s something defiant and even subversive about swimming wild: a sense of returning to a more liberated existence.
  • it’s from The Outdoor Swimming Society
I don’t really like swimming in a pool (but sometimes its a necessary evil) so 99% of the time I swim in the sea. 2010 was my first year of swimming year round in the sea, always without a wetsuit (I am quite proud of that). sea temps here are between 15.1C and 23.3C (at least they are the max and min I have seen recorded at south cronulla, my favourite).
some good swimming links here:

My local beach:

Some races I have done:

  • 9/Apr/2017 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (2.4k) – 497 from 696- 71% – 59min 08secs (fastest 31.11 slowest 1.35.25)
  • 24/Dec/2016 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – finished mid-pack – approx 1h 10m
  • 10/Dec/2016 Coogee to Bondi 5 beaches swim (5km) – 93% – 198 from 212 – 1hr 58mins 26secs  (fastest 1.01.26 slowest 2.05.54)
  • 4/Dec/2016 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1300 from 1902 – 68% – 43min 13secs (fastest 24.19 slowest 1.26.33)
  • 27/Nov/2016 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (2.4k) – 403 from 648 – 62% – 54min 28secs (fastest 31.30 slowest 1.35.49)
  • Dec/2015 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – finished mid-pack – approx 1h 10m
  • 6/Dec/2016 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1080 from 1691 – 65% – 28min 58secs (fastest 16.54 slowest 54.40)
  • 12/Apr/2015 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (2.4k) – 341 from 610 – 56% – 51min 11secs (fastest 30.55 slowest 1.25.10)
  • 29/Mar/2015 Shark Island Swim (2.3k) – 332 from 465 – 71% – 50min 07secs (fastest 27.53 slowest 1.16.49)
  • Dec/2014 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – finished mid-pack – approx 1h 10m
  • 7/Dec/2014 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1380th from 1691 – 81% – 43min 55secs (fastest 22.47 slowest 1.20.20)
  • 23/Nov/2014 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (2.4k) – 685th from 1032 – 66% – 53min 36secs (fastest 34.20 slowest 1.36.56)
  • 12/Jan/2014 Bondi Roughwater (2k) – Was stung a lot by bluebottles – 506th from 674 – 75% – 39min 02secs (fastest 23.00 slowest 1.02.48)
  • 21/Dec/2013 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – finished mid-pack from estimated 60 starters – approx 1h 10m
  • 1/Dec/2013 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1432th from 1619 – 88% – 47min 17secs (fastest 27.23 slowest 1.18.37)
  • 24/Nov/2013 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (2.4k) – 632th from 860 – 73% – 54min 00secs (fastest 30.58 slowest 1.25.12)
  • 13/Jan/2013 North Bondi Roughwater (2.1k) – 447th from 648 – 69% – 36min 58secs (fastest 21.29 slowest 57.25)
  • 21/Dec/2012 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – finished mid-pack from estimated 62 starters – approx 1h 10m
  • 2/Dec/2012 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 923th from 1319 – 69% – 52min 47secs (fastest 27.26 slowest 1.42.6)
  • 25/Apr/2012 Coogee to Bondi Swim (5.0k) – 408th from 429 – 95% – 2hr 01min 07secs (fastest 57.26 slowest 2.11.55)
  • 15/Apr/2012 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (2.4k) – 369th from 477 – 77% – 53min 26secs (fastest 30.23 slowest 1.41.44)
  • 15/Apr/2012 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim (1k) – 90th from 207 – 43% – 19min 45secs (fastest 12.35 slowest 33.56)
  • 18/Mar/2012 Shark Island Swim (2.3k) – 391 from 496 – 79% – 54min 46secs (fastest 27.45 slowest 1.29.17)
  • 12/Feb/2012 North Bondi Classic (2k) – 583rd from 854 – 68% – 37min 4secs ( fastest 21.30 slowest 1.03.16)
  • 24/Dec/2011 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – 3rd last out of the water from approx 40 – approx 1h 15m
  • 4/Dec/2011 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1110th fron 1542 – 72% – 1hr 2min 3secs ( fastest 26.50 slowest 1.55.56)
  • 22/May/2011 Bondi Blue Water Challenge (2.1k) – 192nd from 273 – 70% – 36m 54s (fastest 22m 51s)(slowest 52m 47s)
  • 25/Apr/2011 Coogee to Bondi (2 laps of Coogee approx 4km due to bad weather) – 148th from 159 – 93% – 1hr 03m 55s (fastest 33m 20s)(slowest 1hr 14m 38s)
  • 27/Mar/2011 Shark Island Swim (Reduced to 1.9km around Cronulla due to bad weather) – 479th from 597 – 80% – 33m 08s (fastest 17m 42s)(slowest 53m 00s)
  • 9/Jan/2011 North Bondi Roughwater (2k – suspect short due to bluebottles) – 578 from 701 – 82% – 37min 40 secs (fastest 20mins)(slowest 50mins)
  • 18/Dec/2010 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – 2nd last out of the water from approx 30 – 1hr 12m
  • 5/Dec/2010 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1372 from 1930 – 71% – 47min 47secs (fastest 23min) (slowest 90min)
  • 28/Nov/2010 Coogee Wedding Cake Island (2.5k) – 647th from 790 – 81% – 60min 09secs (fastest 31min) (slowest 100min)
  • 21/Nov/2010 Cronulla Cook Community (2k) – 62nd from 82 – 75% –  44min 22secs (fastest 25min) (slowest 69min)
  • 14/Mar/2010 Cronulla Shark Island (2.3k) – 666th from 793 – 83% – 55mins 36secs (fastest 28min) (slowest 84min)
  • 19/Dec/2009 Bundeena to Cronulla (3.5k) – last out of the water from approx 30 – 1hr 25m
  • 6/Dec/2009 Bondi to Bronte (2.4k) – 1491st from 1986 – 75% – 41min 56secs (fastest 22min) (slowest 73min)
  • 29/Nov/2009 Coogee Wedding Cake Island (2.5k) – 1184 finishers – no chip, late entry, approx 60min (fastest 28min) (slowest 87min)
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Please enter your comment below, sorry about the increased security, it's to reduce spam. If it's too hard then send an email to me : kevintiller at gmail dot com

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s