Day 42: last sea swim pre Wanaka

Mel swim Colac bay Today was likely to be the last time pre Challenge Wanaka that I would get a chance to sea swim, so when I was tossing up between a row or a swim, after work today, it had to be a swim! Beautiful warm still afternoon to boot!


Breakfast: Cinnamon apple green smoothie
Lunch: small piece home made bacon and egg pie, apple, some nuts
Dinner: Fish with oven chips, fruit & yoghurt

Exercise: 40 minute open water swim

Cinnamon and apple green smoothie recipe: 

  • Cinnamon green smoothieHandful raw spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • Small banana, peeled and chopped
  • Small apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup crushed ice (optional)

Add all, and pulse until blended. There’s a slight taste of the spinach but it’s largely rather nice. I didn’t feel full for as long as some of the other smoothies I have tried. Might try coconut water next time, I just used water on this occasion.

 Open water swim

I could easily have gone rowing, but with challenge Wanaka this weekend I thought I would grab a last chance sea swim in Colac Bay. This time, the tide was out, last time it was in. I’m glad I didn’t decide to swim along the bay to the point, the Northern shore has a load of rocks that are all easily visible above water on low tide. So, as before, I swam across the bay.

It was beautifully I flat, wonderful day, stunning scenery. It was nice to just roll onto my back at the turn and float on the water for a while. On one side, the shore, with the light rolling waves glistening in the sun. On the other side, the outline of Stewart Island was clearly visible, occasionally disappearing between the light swell of the dark seas. Stunning.

I swam between the same two sighting points, the water was deep enough to stand up in though, in low tide, but plenty shallow enough to swim in.

The only people I saw was a couple walking on the beach, and a local farmer on a quad bike who rocked up for a dip!

I love living by the sea, I will make this a regular trip until it’s too cold to swim in 🙂

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