As you will all know Jason had been training for the Rottnest Channel Solo Swim (19.7km). The race was yesterday and Jason did phenomenally! Here is how the day played out!
3:45 AM: Jason eats his Muesli and yoghurt. Ethan and I wandered around in a little bit of a daze (Ethan had been up and unsettled from 1.10am and I finally managed to get him back to sleep around 3:15am).
4:10 AM: We left our house for Subiaco (to pick Jason's support kayaker (Geoff) up).
4:30 AM: Jason's boat support team arrived at the marina to pick up the boat and we arrived at Geoff's house. Geoff and Jason tied the kayak on the car.
4:45 AM: We arrive at Cottesloe Beach. Here's the start line... nice and calm. All the lights out at sea are all the supporters boats!
5:40 AM: the first wave (female solos and top seeded males) move into the starting pen for their 5:45 AM start.
6:30 AM, 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM (etc, etc): Jason eats and drinks every half hour! Water and caffeinated gel one one half hour feed and plain gel with electrolyte on the alternate half hour feeds.
8:45 AM: I was starting to panic about missing Jason's finish so we headed off the Freo (not that I could have boarded an earlier ferry but I felt better about doing something and not sitting around at home.
9:15 - 9:47 AM: Ethan and I arrive at Freo and look for a park. NO PARKS AVAILABLE AT ALL.... ARGHHHHHHHHH this supporter gig is tough! I try backing out of a one way area, hit a kerb and rip the mud guard off the car (uh oh.... but we will deal with that one later). I start to get a bit worried about my parking predicament but put my Amazing Race head on and decided to call the ferry company and ask for reasonably close alternate parking options instead of driving aimlessly around and around knowing that no parks will become available. The ferry company advises me to park at the railway station. I break a couple of speeding laws (50 in a 40 zone) and finally get a park. Next challenge... the train station parking only accepts smart riders and my smart rider is sitting on the bench at home. A couple of canoodling teenagers come to my rescue and pay for a parking ticket. Finally we are parked, have a valid parking ticket courtesy of some kind teenagers and Ethan and I are running to the ferry terminal.
Meanwhile Jason is swimming and eating, swimming and eating.... ticking over the KMs and slowly but surely ramping up the pace as he literally rips up the course picking up swimmer after swimmer from the 200 starters that were in the first wave start.
9:55 AM: Ethan and I board the ferry and finally time to relax. I check the mobile swim tracker every 20 seconds or so to see that Jason has not taken his foot off the pedal at all and he is storming the race (I started predicting around 5:15 race time)! Ethan totally enjoyed his boat ride!
10:57 AM: Ethan's in the pram, I have my jandals on and I am running to the finish line. I must look a sight but we were not planning on missing it!
11:02 AM: we arrive at the beach edge and I try to push his pram through it... no luck. Time to dump the pram and make a run for the beach, we only had 20 m to run but Ethan being the typical toddler stopped at everything and anything..."look mama, its a shell", "mama, what is this", "mama, its the beach"..... COME ON ETHAN! At this stage (although I have no idea) I am CERTAIN Jason is nearby.
Here is the finish line - I try to keep an eye on Ethan around the water, keep an eye on our possessions, watch out for Jason's slow swim stroke, get my camera ready and generally not go crazy in anticipation.
11:30 - 12:00 PM: we head off to the support boat for lunch. Its a long walk, then a dinghy ride to the Boat.
12:00 - 1:15 PM: We hang out on the boat and shoot the breeze, eat some food, and revel in the moment.
1:30 PM: Ethan struggles to fall asleep but we persist - and finally our patience is rewarded and he is asleep. We find a shady (its 35 degrees by this stage) and slightly breezy spot to let Ethan sleep and sleep and sleep...At 2:30 Jason heads to his team presentations while Ethan and I stay under the trees. At 3:20 PM Ethan wakes, hops out of his pram and promptly tries to go back to sleep on the sand...
Fast forward to 6:00 PM and we are picking up a couple of pizzas for dinner and really looking forward to being home!
So there you have it that was how the day panned out and as you can see it was very busy but Jason surpassed all his expectations for the event!