Like most I hear, my swimming is my weakest link and I would love to do a longer distance event such as an Olympic. However, the 1.5 km swim does cause me a bit of a concern. I would appreciate any advice of where I could train other than the local pool (I live in Brisbane) to develop my skills and any tips in overcoming this obstacle.
Previous events have been lake or dam swims of 400 m approx hence my hesitation in stepping up to the next level
My aim is to enter the Bryon Bay Tri in May if possible.
Just keep at the swim training and you will improve and build up confidence. You could also consider doing Kingscliff as your first Olympic distance race, it's in the same area and held in March. The swim there is in Cudgen Ck which is nice and clear and shallow but best of all it is hugely current assisted.
hey bit of a delayed response but if you are in need of assistance with swimming. UQ has small group lessons they run. My ex room mate did these classes a few times really helped him. They also run adult squads if you are up to it.
The pool is always really busy of an afternoon though so that sucks but if you get in a squad you get your lanes for all squad people.