So I completed the Midmar Mile.
As I expected, I did not break 30 minutes. To my intense disappointment, I took over 45 minutes. I was unwell and the water was choppy during the race, but I’m frustrated. 11 months of hard training for a time of over 45 minutes is a total wtf for me.
Bad as my race was, somebody has had a worse race. A Johannesburg businessman named Herman van Straten is missing. He was swimming in Event 3, but never reached the finish. He is feared dead.
At 4:20pm on Thursday the 13th February, Herman van Straten’s body floated to the surface of the Midmar Dam and was recovered. Condolences to his family and fiancee.