"Beginnings" BELIS Lake, 10K, post-Hamsia Cup 5k.
After a start even earlier in the year at the "Hamsia Cup", in a swimming in the sea (with neoprene) between Vama Veche and 2 Mai, on a distance of 5 km. In the year of the event, 2017, we found out about the existence of an event of 10,000 meters, swimming called "Endurance"In open water, in Cluj, organized on a Sunday, in a lake I had never heard of, by a sports club association Orca (which I had heard 🙂 by the way I had already enjoyed the good organization of a 1500m event in the pool in Cluj). The club in the same place, the day before, also organized a half ironman event, as if it had already become a tradition at that time.
Simultaneously, the start was taken for 3 distances: 2.5 km, 5 km (as if) and 10 km.
In the case of the distance of 10 kilometers, the route involved 4 laps of 2.5 km each, a route marked with buoys. A straight, monotonous line, which each time seemed longer than the previous one. At the end of each lap you could stand up and eat some fruit / drink liquid on the shore - then continue on your way. Ok, I'm starting, I'm positioning myself in a group; we knew that the rules also allow going to the net (swimming was not according to the classic rules of marathon swimming) and we see each other on the way in a group of 5-6 people .. some in front, others in the middle in their net and so on.
After the first round I already had 2 "favorite" athletes in front of me and at the end of the first round I receive the message from one of them "are we still in front ?!". We knew this leader, he was a good swimmer and a good coach, considering our subsequent collaboration. He was right, we enjoyed the net, but we also had to offer it - so we led the next round, our group of 3 people. And I swam at a determined pace, knowing that at the end of the lap we would spin.
Eh! Surprise!! At the end of the second round I realized that our group will not be what it used to be, the boys participated in 5000 meters, and I was half way, with the remaining energy.
Bon, and I saw myself swimming, alone, concentrating on muscle cramps, methods of avoiding muscle cramps, sliding technique etc.
I still remember remarks like "take the sole out of the water less", "relax the arm at the entrance to the water", "kick with the other foot if it hurts") and all sorts of other similar thoughts - becoming a champion for a few hours at talking by myself.
I was so impressed by the whole experience, the event being organized exemplary, that I decided to look for a future event at least as challenging. Later I signed up for the next year (2018) for a swim on a distance of 27 kilometers, without neoprene, in a mountainous lake, according to the rules of marathon swimming, in Lago D’Orta, Italia.
… Followed by months of training, (re-re-re) reading the rules of the event and marathon swimming, finding the "team" of assistance and its preparation
.. in a future story, we reach Lago D’Orta…
In 2019 I was coming back to write the story about inotul de 14 kilometri in Lacul Belis, then swimming according to the rules of marathon swimming and making the first documentation of this kind.