|Colin wakes us up at 530...and then we look at sunrise on this side of our world!|
|we buried the ashes of our parents before the star rose over the sea and felt her warmth...|
"Gold Coast City Titles 2011
The benefit of race planning.
At the recent Gold Coast City titles surf carnival at Meramid Beach we had 5 competitors swimming in the masters and open surf race.
The importance of race plan was a very good example in the over 50's surf race which had over 20 competitors from the age of 50 up to 70 years of age.
One of our athletes J in his first carnival performed exceptionally well against swimmers with more experience and fantastic historical records at surf race swimming from their open competition days till now as masters. J and I disscussed the benefits of visualising swimming the perfect race. Article on web site. He had to plan his race. As the carnival was at his home beach we had a good insight to currents, rips and sand banks from training and working the conditions all week. J lives on the beach at Mermaid and swims most days straight in front of his house where he uses a consistant rip to get out the back in all conditions. From half a metre to at least three metres or sometimes bigger. It has been an unexpected delimma for relieving casual lifeguards to see him venture out in some testing conditions as they do not recognise his bald head and are not aware of his ability or J has not informed them first. ( I guess I should find their number and give them a buzz first??)
He does do this now on a regular basis.
J, S and G warmed up together for the swim by going around the course and standing on the dunes to pick the best ally out and back in. It was a credit to their instructions from us to plan their course.
|where's that bald bloke going?? he's missing all the waves that are holding everybody else back!|