The Bold & Beautiful swim every day at Manly 365 days a year at 7am. Anyone can go along and do the swim, it is run by a group of volunteers. Each morning the group swims from Manly surf club to Shelly beach and back, around 1.5km. There are usually around 200 swimmers, but this morning being an Anzac day swim there were many more swimmers out, probably around 400.
All the swimmers gathered at 7am on the beach for an Anzac speech, followed by a bugle player and we all sang the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair before jumping in the water.
Usually, Anzac day is commemorated by a dawn service, but as I am not one who likes to get up early this was a much better solution. Remembering all the Anzac’s that died in the wars is an important part of Australian culture, and I think commemorating them this way is a very Aussie way to do it.
The water temperature seemed to have dropped rather today, but maybe it was just that the sun wasn’t out as much as yesterday which made it feel colder. That didn’t, however, stop the Dusky Whaler sharks from being out… I saw one about 2m below me as I was swimming out to the point at Manly. This isn’t actually the one I saw, but it is a dusky whaler, they are about 1m long and grey in colour.
Today’s Anzac day swim marks day 62 in my swimming challenge and takes my kms tally on the challenge to 82km.
Today was also my fastest swim time for the Manly to Shelly at 18 minutes 45 seconds. When I swim sometimes I feel like I am going really slowly, but then get to the destination and find that like today I have actually been swimming really fast. Whereas other times I feel like I am so speedy but according to my watch I am actually swimming really slowly. I am just not sure how that works. Anyone else experience that?
PS I was wearing my Choppy Ocean Waves LOLL today