The weekend in photos.. plus other tit bits

As you know, I spent the Easter weekend in the lakes area, the goal being to get as much open water swimming in as I could. I live by the ocean, and although I have swum in the sea, I much prefer fresh water and there are enough lakes near by (ish) for me to choose from. I did find it strange when I first came here that you can just rock up wherever and go for a swim. you don’t need to plan, go with a group, or pay. This is nothing at all like England! So, since I hooked up with some local swimmers in Te Anau after the across the lake swim, I thought it was the perfect place to come back to. The added bonus was that they swim near a yacht club, which has a small jetty / pier. I took a look at it the first time I met them there and thought, that would be the perfect thing to help me get in and out and not have to rely on other people!

So, the aim this weekend was to work out how to get myself in and out unaided. AND… I cracked it! Although, swimming in open water all on your own is quite a different kind of mind battle when you do not have the safety of numbers. That is why I bought myself a swim buoy a few weeks ago when I was in Queenstown.

This weekend I have swum every day, got myself in and out, swum solo for the very first time, and walked further in one stint than I ever have before (3km). To say I am stoked is an understatement!

The Wakatipu Legend

This event was a few weeks ago. This topographic map, created from my Garmin data, shows just how far 3.8km is when you swim it in a straight line!

And.. just last night I finally got hold of a swim finish photo. Pretty proud of this! This was my 4th event as a para and once again, I was the only para there, in an able bodied race.

Here are the two media articles that were written about the event, featuring my story.

Easter weekend in photos

Here are the photos of my weekend in the lakes. Yep I had an absolute ball! I am so grateful to be able to get out and do at least some of what I love again at last.

#157 The Wakatipu Legend race report

What an amazing event! I’m so glad I entered this race, what a stunning location to swim in, even if it was a tad cold! Here’s my race report: how the swim went from a swimmers eyes!

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Queenstown Winterfest and the Warrens have landed!

It wasn’t until a client mentioned it a few weeks ago that I realised, Marks friends were coming over on WinterFest weekend! They are over for the Lions Tour, but flew into Queenstown at the star of their holiday solely so they could see us. Aaaw thanks guys!  Continue reading “Queenstown Winterfest and the Warrens have landed!”

Queenstown sunshine and rural games

team MARBEL So this week has been slightly better, after last week’s weather malfunction! We decided to trot Ben off up in the Queenstown direction, a tourist must do. As always, I needed my ‘wow’ earplugs. It does amuse me because we were exactly the same! I don’t wow as much but I never get bored of the scenery here in NZ and love to share the beautiful land with others.  Continue reading “Queenstown sunshine and rural games”