This happened to me at a recent 3.8 km (2.4 mile) open water swim event I took part in. The heavy fog caused the organiser to postpone the event until it was cleared; yet it wasn't until closer to the original start time of 9:00 that I was told. What may be annoying or frustrating to some to wait around,for a type 1 diabetic this usually has knock-on effect on sugar levels.
Plan B (or "damage limitation")
I tried to push all those thoughts away and thought to myself: "Just see what happens, worst case scenario, I just do one lap instead of the 1.5 laps. I tried to calm myself down by breaking the swim down into smaller sections and agreeing with myself to "assess" how I felt at each section of the swim. I had anticipated it would take me anywhere between 1:05-1:10 hours - everything being OK with sugar levels.
Breaking it down...
- No matter how well-established and practised your (pre-) race routine is, be prepared to make changes or even ditch the entire plan.
- There are circumstances that are out of your control - don't try and fight them - you can't change the weather!
- Don't beat yourself up if sugar levels aren't perfect because you had to adapt to new circumstances
- Instead of worrying if you make it to the finish, set smaller goals throughout the race. Breaking it down into smaller chunks, makes it more achievable and realistic and you can mentally tick off each goalpost as you get through it which is very re-assuring!