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3 December 2017

Missed last week as I was in Tauporiding half the lake challenge, the best result ever finishing 5th in my age group and 80th overall, amazing.

Up and ready early this morning to try and have a more leisurely trip to Freyberg Beach.  Raewyn came with me as she needed to do some things in Wellington. When we arrived the sea was choppy in a Northerly wind.   Got my gear and went over to join everyone.  Most people weren't wearing their safety buoys due to the chop.  I wore mine as I…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on December 8, 2017 at 10:22 — No Comments

15th October 2017

Beaut swim conditions no wind Freyberg beach Barb's message arrived as the jug boiled announcing another Sunday morning sea swim.  The sky looked oily black as I drove into Wellington making it feel like the middle of Winter.  Arrived at Freyberg with the sky threatening to fall.  There were fewer people waiting around Barb's car when I arrived and got out to go through my routine of a quick dash to the loos to finish dressing and the obligatory pee.

Then over to Barb's car…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on November 13, 2017 at 8:57 — No Comments

8th October 2017

Another Sunday had a fitful nights sleep thought of staying in bed when Barb's text came through, ' not a wave at Freyberg Beach easterly. Great swim conditions." Well if I want to do my half ironman in December I better get out of bed and get to Freybeg.  It was 7.10 am when I got out of bed and quickly got my layers on.  No time for breakfast so out the door and into the car. It was now 7.25 so it had to a slightly broad interpretation on the speed limit, fortunately i had the feeling…

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3 October 2017

Up again Sunday morning 6.39am gulped down my coffee and porridge and into the car and on my way to Freyberg Beach still half asleep.  Didn't have a good swim at the pool yesterday so hoping for better today.  Out of the car and made my way across to the loos to finish getting my gears on then over to Barb's car for Bryn to shake me into my wet suit.  The water temp has apparently warmed up enough that we can swim out to the second yellow buoy.

Bryn led the way for our small group and…

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3 October 2017

Up again Sunday morning 6.39am gulped down my coffee and porridge and into the car and on my way to Freyberg Beach still half asleep.  Didn't have a good swim at the pool yesterday so hoping for better today.  Out of the car and made my way across to the loos to finish getting my gears on then over to Barb's car for Bryn to shake me into my wet suit.  The water temp has apparently warmed up enough that we can swim out to the second yellow buoy.

Bryn led the way for our small group and…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on October 8, 2017 at 21:59 — No Comments

3 October 2017

Up again Sunday morning 6.39am gulped down my coffee and porridge and into the car and on my way to Freyberg Beach still half asleep.  Didn't have a good swim at the pool yesterday so hoping for better today.  Out of the car and made my way across to the loos to finish getting my gears on then over to Barb's car for Bryn to shake me into my wet suit.  The water temp has apparently warmed up enough that we can swim out to the second yellow buoy.

Bryn led the way for our small group and…

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3 October 2017

Up again Sunday morning 6.39am gulped down my coffee and porridge and into the car and on my way to Freyberg Beach still half asleep.  Didn't have a good swim at the pool yesterday so hoping for better today.  Out of the car and made my way across to the loos to finish getting my gears on then over to Barb's car for Bryn to shake me into my wet suit.  The water temp has apparently warmed up enough that we can swim out to the second yellow buoy.

Bryn led the way for our small group and…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on October 8, 2017 at 21:58 — No Comments

3 October 2017

Up again Sunday morning 6.39am gulped down my coffee and porridge and into the car and on my way to Freyberg Beach still half asleep.  Didn't have a good swim at the pool yesterday so hoping for better today.  Out of the car and made my way across to the loos to finish getting my gears on then over to Barb's car for Bryn to shake me into my wet suit.  The water temp has apparently warmed up enough that we can swim out to the second yellow buoy.

Bryn led the way for our small group and…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on October 8, 2017 at 21:58 — No Comments

17th September 2017

Great swim conditions light northerly wind so starts another Sunday with a text from Barb.  The wind in Plimmerton was gusting with a light shower of rain as I left for my drive into Freyberg Beach.  Plimmerton Beach had rollers making their way to shore.

Arrived at Freyberg spied Bryn talking to Barb so I popped over to say hello.  Top of the mornnin greeted Bryn.  The sea looked a bit choppy with a few more waves than last week.  Over to the loo and when I came back Brett was…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on September 17, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

10 September 2017

Great conditions light northwester the message from Barb announcing another Sunday sea swim.  Swallowed down my coffee gulped up the last of my porridge and off in the car to Wellington.  Driving past the Plimmerton harbour there was a bit of chop and down past the Ngauranga Gorge the sea looked flat.   Then onto Freyberg and there was a bit of chop on the sea but looked manageable for this budding sea swimmer.  Headed to the loo for my normal nervous one and saw Brett exiting the water and…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on September 16, 2017 at 15:38 — No Comments

3rd September 2017

Up at 6.30am drinking coffee when Barb's text came through Flat sea with southerly.  Drove down past the sea at Plimmerton the sea was quite rough so hoped that Freyberg being in the lea of the wind would be flat.  Raewyn came in with me today as we were going to have Father's day brunch with Hanna and Tamas .

Arrived at Freyberg and sure enough it was flat although the wind made it feel cold.  Good crowd out I could see about half a dozen swimmers out who were doing the early swim,…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on September 3, 2017 at 18:18 — No Comments

27 August 2017

Up again making coffee when Barb's text came through northerly but good conditions.  Slurped down the coffee and had a bowl of porridge then hit the road.  Listened to the Tower 26 Podcast the day before which is a podcast for triathlete swimmers.  They had a nutritionist on and he was saying that most athletes don't eat enough and that we should eat 9 times a  day.  Admittedly he suggested that the first meal if going swimming and short on time frame  was to have a tablespoon of jam and a…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on September 3, 2017 at 17:43 — No Comments

20 August 2017

Really rough night with rain and high winds up at 6.30 Raewyn had been up since 6.00am with the kids dogs that were staying the night.  Normal breakfast of coffee and porridge.  Drove in to Wellington the weather was ok when I left Plimmerton but quickly deteriorated with strong wind pushing the car around and the window wiper on fast to handle the deluge.  Down the gorge the sea was really rough must admit I thought I would be sitting out the swim today.  Got to Freyberg beach and the water…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on August 20, 2017 at 21:13 — No Comments

6 August 2017

Up out of bed just ahead of Barbs text, light northerly good swim conditions. Coffee and porridge then into Freyberg.

The conditions had changed since Barb's text as it was quite choppy with a strongish Northerly heading into the shore.  A good group formed around Barb's car.  A top of the Mornin from Bryn then the normal bouncing into my wet suit with Bryn's help.  Surprisingly even though some of the waves looked big I wasn't that nervous I think that is the result of Barb's tips…

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30 July 2017

Heavy rain and strong winds overnight and very cold so thought I would have a sleep in, but then the beep of the incoming text put that thought to rest.  Barb's text calm good swim conditions.  No sleep in, up quickly coffee and drove maybe to quickly into Freyberg Beach.  Sure enough the sea was calm with the sun coming up over the headland.  The morning was still cold with fewer swimmers present than normal but boy were the conditions perfect. With  Barb's normal message if you feel hot or…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on August 1, 2017 at 16:24 — No Comments

23 July 2017

My new vest with hood arrived  from Ali Express arrived during the week. So I now have an extra layer and hopefully it will stop the abrasion on my neck.  Up at 6.40 Coffee made and porridge gulped it down then drove into Wellington.  Sea nice and flat.  Dressed in my old vest and the new one with the hood went over Barb's car and Bryn bounced me into my wet suit doing up the zip.  Into the water felt nice an warm until put my face in the water it certainly was colder than a fortnight ago.…

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9 July 2017

Up early hit the road after gulping down my coffee.  Had lousy swim training yesterday at Kilbernie couldn't get into my stride.  Problem with breathing. Barb suggested one short breath in then one two three out.  So my mission today is just to count my breaths.  Good number of swimmers out this morning and the sea was flat as hardly a ripple.  Went through my normal process of licking my goggles, rinsing them, splashing my face then face into water and breathing out for as long as I could.…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on July 12, 2017 at 20:37 — No Comments

2 July 2017

Another Sunday so up early 6.30am ate some porridge and sucked down a coffee. Left home 7.20 to drive into Freyberg beach  and joined Barb and the group for a swim.  The water was nice and flat but felt really cold as I went through my routine of splashing water on my face then slowly putting my face into the water then a few strokes and rolled onto my back then over again and off I went.  No wonder I am almost always last to leave the beach.  

Now what did Barb say to work on that's…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on July 8, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Sunday 11 June 2017

Up 6.40am made a coffee drove into Freyberg Beach .  Lovely morning small group went out with Bryn and a few others got dropped from start felt ok tried to shrug my shoulder to get high elbow still  bit confused but keep practicing. Sun was low on horizon making sighting hard although found first buoy but then lost the fountain until Bryn and the the others yelled over here, surprising as I wasn't swimming into the sun.  Swam back to first buoy then to beach as I was feeling the cold went…

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Added by James Thomas Sutton on June 11, 2017 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Capital Classic on Sky

Is being screened at 3:00am Sat Morning 1 Feb on Sky 3.

Set your recorder !

Added by Willie L Mandeno on January 31, 2014 at 21:07 — No Comments

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