Since last weekend’s post on the water temperature there was a few more days of snow and a couple of frosty nights. I have also received many, many requests for more info on the likelihood for a swim.
As you can see from the picture, the top 3rd of Ben Lomond of covered in snow. As are most other mountains in Loch Lomond’s catchment north towards Crainlarich.
Scotland’s biggest body of water has 16 days to heat up by 4.5c. Unless a volcano erupts underneath it that ain’t going to happen.
So, to swim or not to swim?
First, We are doing everything to avoid a duathlon. EVERYTHING!!! And it is a logistical nightmare.
What are our options?
1. A move to the shallower, more sheltered waters of Drumkinnon Bay is on the cards.
2. Rule exemptions have been applied for to allow you to wear neoprene gloves, boots, hats etc… basically whatever you want to keep warm.
3. Making neoprene gloves, boots, hats etc… compulsory. Don’t have them, no swim? We cannot stress how strongly we encourage you to go get some neoprene gloves, hats and boots. GO BUY THEM AND USE THEM… however we don’t want to prevent anyone from taking part.
The beach at Drumkinnon isn’t as sandy as Duck Bay, so neoprene boots will also help you clamber out the water and run along the path to transition.
4. Shortening the swim. Technically, with the exemptions we could put on a full distance middle swim. That would be foolhardy since many of you would probably get pulled out and not complete the distance. So, if the water temperature does not rise to BTF compliant levels, we will be shortening the swim. It will most likely be 500m or hopefully 750m for ALL distances.
BUT… if you are unable to complete the swim and require to be pulled out by our safety craft we do not want to prevent you from finishing the event. Discussions are being had with TS. Bob Newton’s advice is that you should be able to continue to transition and complete the bike and run. Your swim time would then be adjusted to give you the time of the SLOWEST swimmer.
5. If a shorter swim will start times still be the same? YES, probably, kind of.
Instead of one start per distance we would probably have 2 wave starts for Middle, three for Standard and one for Sprint. We need to maintain a spread of athletes on the bike course. A reduced swim distance would not create sufficient spread, so we would have waves starting 10 or 15 minutes apart. More details to follow.
I hope that keeps you up to date with where we are at.
Last date to apply for deferral is tomorrow, Saturday 2nd May.
Any questions please feel free to get in touch.
p.s. If you live near Glasgow and want some warmer open water practice go here
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