HOWICK – After 18 years, a Morningside teacher finally realized her dream to swim the Midmar Mile on Saturday, February 11.
Rachel Basckin (31) had wanted to take the plunge since she was 14 years old. “My boyfriend’s mom finally coaxed me into swimming this year,” said Basckin. Although she was nervous Basckin said she felt prepared for the 1,6 km race which she swam in a time of 46 minutes and 37 seconds. Helping with the nerves was best friend Jenna Kate Harris. “We had much pre-race laughter to help take our minds off any jitters,” said Harris.
Basckin began her training in December 2016 with four swims a week and reduced the intensity in January. Despite ample training time, Basckin said that swimming in open water presented its own challenges. “Learn to swim in choppy water,” said Basckin, “Addington beach early on a Saturday is a good start.” Swimming alongside other competitors can also change the game. “You’ll get kicked a few times during the race,” said Basckin. It also helps to find a focal point in the distance to keep oneself swimming straight, said Basckin
The sought-after swim was a dream come true for the Durban-based teacher and her bestie. “I’m proud of us for for making it across and can’t wait to participate again next year,” said Harris