North Bondi Classic Ocean Swim: Beaut Day For It

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 Not in a million, billion, quadrillion years would I ever swim this course on my own.

Are you mad?


But put me in the ocean with a few hundred or even thousand others, and it’s all systems go.

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After another excellent 12 week ocean swim training season with CanToo, and having raised $1200 for Cure Cancer Australia, I joined my swimming buddies at North Bondi this morning to swim the 2km race.

Not so much a race as a swim for me, really.

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And in we go, in waves arranged by age group. My first swim as a 50+

I can get really scared getting out through a heavy surf break, but thank goodness the waves were not too big here.

And our coaches, team captains and mentors know us well and were there to chat through the course and soothe our nerves.

And I have my calming swimming mantra to get me through:

My legs are strong

My arms are strong

My friends are all around

Once at the first buoy, I’m all good and just churned my way through the course. I blooming LOVE swimming with great big rolling swell moving through.

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I ended up coming in with some of the other women in my training ‘pod.’ Getting back in was easy today.

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Wee wave to my sister who took the photo (when I start my photography course I must learn how to Photoshop out cellulite!   Ah, the camera never lies….. )

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We all broke into a run just to finish up.

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Here’s me with our awesome team captain, Pitch. Big thank you to her and also to all the Cantoo open water coaches and to Laura our pool coach.

It was a great swim!

No better way to feel truly alive.

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We walked past beautiful Bondi Icebergs Baths on the way home, and I made a mental note to get back there for a swim and to write it up for this blog – long overdue.

My big sister Mairi is  on the 6am flight out of Sydney tomorrow. I’ll miss her very much. We’ve been together for five weeks, for the first time since we were 16 and 18.

But her family needs her back, she was just on loan.  Boo hoo.

How was your weekend?

Any splashing in the sea?


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Posted on: February 9, 2014


  • Reply February 12, 2014

    Gourmet Getaways

    How wonderful that you did that race, I would have drowned for sure!!! I bet the kids were so proud of you 🙂

    • Reply February 12, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Thank you, not a race for me, but finishing feels great. I think I love it as it feels like the most adventurous thing I can possibly do, just at this stage in life.

  • Hi Seana,

    That looks like fun with smaller waves and less fear. You’re a brave, adventurous woman!

    • Reply February 13, 2014

      Seana Smith

      I fancy joining you for the swim at Noosa you wrote about on your blog Annabel. Never keen to swim alone, I like being with some other wee fishies.

  • Reply February 15, 2014

    Hotly Spiced

    Congratulations! Well done. I’ve done a couple of ocean swims and to be honest, I find them terrifying. I think I would be okay if there were less people. I just find it such a scramble to get out to that first buoy – you’re right – once you get to that first buoy it all settles down and you can start to enjoy the swim. It looks like the conditions for this race were pretty perfect. Sorry to hear your sister has gone back to Scotland. That will leave a big hole. My sister is coming out from LA in two weeks and I’m looking forward to spending time with her. She seems to have been living OS for most of our adult lives xx

  • Reply February 15, 2014


    Wow – what a perfect day for it. Congratulations on completing this swim. Before kids I used to do triathlons and I always found the swim the hardest leg. What an achievement and raising money for cancer charity too!

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