The Diary of a NZ International Swimmer
Part 1 - Monaco
After over 30 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Monaco to finally see some sun and warm weather. We arrived on Thursday to begin racing on Saturday so we had to adapt to the time zones as quickly as possible, we are still finding ourselves getting tired in the afternoons but nothing a few coffees can’t fix!
We are staying in a nice Hotel along with other competing nations such as the South Africans and Russians. Competition here at the 1st Leg of the Mare Nostrum Series is very strong with a strong majority of Europe’s top swimmers competing. We both had solid starts to our campaign with Steve finishing 2nd in the B final for the 200 free and myself 7th in the A final for both 200 back and 400 free.
Tonight we are attending a Gala dinner put on by the prince of Monaco (his wife is a South African Olympic swimmer), should be a good chance for us to pretend like we speak French, hope they have some Yoplait there.
We have an early start tomorrow to head to Barcelona to race the following day. We will be meeting the New Zealand team there and hopefully some fast swimming will take place.
The Northern Arena team unit is pretty strong, apparently last night in my sleep I rolled over and held Steve’s hand in the bed next to me, bit awkward.
We look forward to keep improving our racing speed at the next Mare Nostrum until then…