OK Andrew, here is this weeks installment …
Beautifully calm night last night (after the heavy rain) and the lake has warmed up a little to 18 degrees or so. I was feeling a lot better this week, ears not sticking when equalizing and just more relaxed overall. The aim for this session was to warm up a little (a few 15m and 20m dives with 15 seconds hanging off the base plate) then extend the depth to 30m and finally a couple of 35m dives.
The first 35m dive felt better than the second but overall both were comfortable. Dive times were 1min 25sec and 1:31. I still need to suss out equalising at depth to be able to go deeper. Once I get that sorted then I feel that 40m is a realistic goal (and possibly 45m - but that might need to wait until after the comp as I don't think I will have enough time to build up to that).
It was good to see Nat do a new personal best of 40m and Moss do a 35m dive for a personal best too.
For the comp itself it looks like there are 2 or 3 guys entering who could possibly hit the comp maximum of 50m for two disciplines (Wellingtonian, Aucklander and an Australian).
The comp and training sessions have the elite guys like the above mixing with the new folks, offering advice, encouragement etc. The new folks range from ones with a current PB of 12m to the likes of Nat, Moss and myself with our new PBs of 35m and 40m.