Midmar Mile Adventure
This year I decided to swim the Midmar Mile. It is a very big open water swim in a dam in Kwa Zulu Natal. I was a tiny bit nervous before the race but not very because I thought I have trained and I can do this. I had done the distance in a pool and I had done other open water swims so I thought I can do this.
What I didn’t know is that it is much longer than any open water swim that I have ever done before! And that the wind blows you off course. When I got into the swim I was surprised at how very difficult it was! There is a cut off at half way and I only just made it – by 30 seconds!
While I was swimming I thought about what would happen if I asked to be pulled out by the life guards and what I would have for lunch. I got very hungry while I was swimming. I thought I don’t want to quit, I don’t want to quit, I don’t want to quit!!!!! There are lots of life guards and they will take you out of the water if you ask them to but I knew that I was so stubborn that I wasn’t going to get out if it killed me. I thought about the pasta with lemon and parmesan that I wanted to have when I was done with the swimming. There were many points when I thought I wouldn’t make it. I thought they might pull me out because I was struggling. When I finally made it to the end I felt that I had completed a big obstacle and I immediately thought I don’t have to do this again until next year.
We went to a restaurant called The Lemon Tree Bistro in Underberg. It was very pleasant. The food was lovely. They had nice simple things like soups and stews and pies and chocolate cake. They also had a grey cat which had a lot of catitude! My mum had pork with mashed potato and crackling. My dad had a steak and kidney pie. I had the pasta I had dreamt of while I was swimming but also a spectacular chocolate cake. My mum had swum Midmar with me and she was also very tired so she ate a lot of my cake. I was too tired to complain a lot.
Then we went to The Shed which is a campsite and self catering venue in the Drakensburg. There was a very friendly dog.
There were also chickens and a climbing frame. My dad and I set up the tent – it was wonderful and homelike.
It is a nice place to camp because there is also a kitchen place where you can make cups of tea and there is a toilet and a pool table. We had sausages over a fire for supper and I played pool by myself a bit but mainly I read my Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The next day my dad realised that he had lost his glasses and we had to go back to the restaurant to find them. While he was looking my mum and I found a little shop that sold beautiful BaSotho blankets. We bought one with aeroplanes on it.
I finished the Harry Potter book on the drive home and soon as I got home I watched the movie. I got given all the movies as a box set for Christmas by my friend Phemelo’s mum but my mum says that I have to finish each book before I can watch the film.
To anyone planning on swimming Midmar next year remember that it is a very tiring race but very satisfying once you are done. The Shed is a cool place to go afterwards. I wish you good luck with your swim…
The Shed, Underberg, KZN. Contact: 082 568 6730