Star shares Wreck2Reef swim diary in lead up to big event

January 27, 2022 BY

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AS THIS summer’s Wreck2Reef at Indented Head draws nearer, Bellarine based open-water swimming star Georgie Mervin provides some vital pre-race tips.

Mervin, a Wreck2Reef event ambassador in 2020, won the female 40-49 age group 1.2km swim in a time of 18 minutes and 37 seconds. On the same day she backed up in the 2.5km swim in 44:37 and was the fourth female overall.

Wreck2Reef competitor Georgie Mervin (centre) will suit up for both the 1.2km and 2.5km swims at Indented Head on February 12


The Wreck2Reef, Indented Head Yacht Club’s largest annual fundraiser, did not go ahead last year after Victoria was plunged into a five day state-wide lockdown in mid-February. To register for February 12, 2022 Wreck2Reef 1.2km and 2.5km open water swims log onto ihyc.com.au/wreck-2-reef-event for more information.All competitors must pre-register – no on the day registrations will be accepted with competitor numbers capped at 500.


Wreck2Reef competitor Georgie Mervin.


SWIM TIPS AROUND COVID AND PRE-EVENT – If you are super serious you will hit the pool like three times a week and you might throw in an open water swim. I am doing (Wreck2Reef) for fun, the next few weeks I am not going to the pool and with kids I don’t want to be booking lanes through COVID. I put on a wetsuit and head down to the Barwon River and jump in. To start with I might swim 50 metres and jog back and do that a few times. Then gradually I swim further and cover the distance and throw in a few fast efforts and build up. I will head over to Indented Head and jump in and have a swim. The day before the event I like to take it easy.

SLEEP – The golden rule is sleep is the most important in your recovery. Two nights before the event is when you need your best sleep. You need a good sleep all week, the night before a race you never sleep that well because you are nervous and excited about the race.

DIET – I wake up on the day with a cup of coffee. I keep the diet simple and have a banana and water before the race.

IN BETWEEN RACES – When you finish the first race there is a ‘feeding station’, I have some water and another banana and a bit of fruit, just simple food. You don’t want to try to digest a heap of food as you are getting your muscles to go flat out again.

POST-EVENT – Have a good lunch, a big sandwich and some chocolate milk and put the legs up.