Monday, August 9, 2010

Quick chat with the 'blueseventy girl'

Pilar 'Pili' Geijo is the self proclaimed 'blueseventy girl' - and she's certainly living up to the name.  

Pili dropped us a line last week with news of yet another win, which keeps her in her Number 1 world ranking in FINA World Grand Prix Open Water rankings.

In Pili’s words the race at Lac St Jean was “reallyyyy hard!!!!”

The water temperature was an average of 18 degrees in the lake – which doesn’t sound bad to most of us – but try swimming 32kms in it, and without a wetsuit or swimskin!  Pili said “the last 4 hours I was trembling for the cold!!!!!”  The LAST four hours?!  Most people would never ever swim four hours in the first place!

Pili was first woman home in a stunning 7:08:38, with fellow Argentinian Antonella Bogarin 10mins back in second and Esther Nuniez from Spain a further 10 minutes behind in third.

Pili actually finished an amazing 4th overall - only 1 minute later than Damian Blaum who was headed into the race ranked 3rd in the world and now ranked first after another solid performance to take 3rd.

Petar Stoychev from Bulgaria won the mens race in 6:40:22.

The results of the race can be found here.

Pili was pretty tired after the race but carried on her stunning form to take the win at the next Grand Prix swim in Canada just one week later!

But she did have the energy for an interview with swimming legend Steve Munatones, so if the boss hasn’t walked over to see what you are doing, kill another few minutes here

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