Aaron Buchan

Battling the Elements: Z-Coaching Eliminator 7 Rounds x 400 Meters.

Wow, what an eventful day it was at the Z-Coaching Eliminator 7 rounds x 400 meters competition! Despite facing challenging weather conditions, the excitement and energy were palpable as athletes gathered at the renowned Bangtao Beach in Phuket, with the legendary head coach Jurgen Zack leading the charge.

Reflecting on last year’s perfect conditions, this year presented a different scenario with winds and waves adding an extra layer of complexity to the event. Despite personal challenges with neck issues lingering from a previous accident, there was no way I was going to miss out on the action.

With over 40 swimmers ready to take on the challenge, the format was set for seven gruelling rounds, with three swimmers eliminated after each round. Despite my reservations about my swim fitness, I entered the competition to make it through at least five rounds.

As Jurgen’s countdown began for round one, adrenaline surged through me, and I plunged into the water. The rough conditions immediately threw off my timing, leaving me feeling somewhat disoriented after the first 400 meters. But determination kicked in, and by round two, I found my rhythm and began to adapt to the choppy waters.

Round three presented an unexpected challenge as I encountered a massive jellyfish, its sting causing instant discomfort. Despite the setback, I pushed through, relying on efficient technique and a strong kick to keep me going.

Surprisingly, I found myself advancing easily through the rounds, reaching round five with exhaustion creeping in from the combination of hot water and relentless waves.

By round six, I knew my limits were being tested, and although I had hoped to use it as a cooldown, my body had other plans. As I pushed towards the finish, I realized I had given my all, and when I finally crossed the line, it was with a sense of pride, despite not making it to the final round.

Despite my outcome, witnessing my friends and fellow swimmers excel in the final round was a testament to the camaraderie and competitive spirit of the event.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Jurgen for organizing such an exhilarating event and to the Z-Coaching family for their unwavering support. And of course, indulging in the post-event buffet was the perfect way to refuel and reflect on an unforgettable evening.

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