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15 Feb 2004

Mission Midmar Accomplished
Hi ya Fitness Doc

Wrote sometime ago asking for advise in getting fit for the Midmar Swim. Received advise from you and other "readers" which helped tremendously Thanx very much to all.

Swam Last weekend and had fun - swam 34 minutes which I think is satisfactory for a first timer, but will swim in the 20's next year!

The Trip. Stayed at the Howick High School in a dorm and had great service from the staff but night's rest interupted by really noisy and ill-disciplined ass-holes from unfortunately my back yard - Gauteng.

The Swim. Must admit, I got a helluva shock when entering the water (looked so much further than when standing on the bank), the visibility was poor, water quite choppy (drank lotsa water) and although the weather foul, the water was very pleasant. My point?

If I could give a word of advise for aspiring "milers" - besides making sure that youre fit enough for the swim, make sure that you do plenty of dam swiming - its a LOT different than your local gym's pool.

And as for the noisy ass-holes, hope you give your fellow swimmers more consideration in future - or sleep in your car!!

Missions in 2005?- Midmar Mile and Argus Cyle 2005

Thanx again for your good advise, and eagerness in answering our questions so promptly. Cheers - Good Luck

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01 Jan 0001

HI Water Rat

I remember your question well - I'm glad to hear you had a successful mission. I would have liked to hear about your training, in amongst all the very interesting advice you posted above. I certainly believe that if you combine all you have learned this year, with the training that you have now managed to build up, something in the mid-20's would be one the cards. You're certainly right about getting practice in a damn. It's a world of difference, and so I'm sure next year, you will be much more ready for it.

Thanks for the feedback and the compliments, and good luck with the rest of the year!

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