Even at the age of 51, there is still nothing capable of holding back Lucienne Beyer when she sets her mind to something. The swimming enthusiast from Taupo, New Zealand, will be taking part in her fourth State NZ Ocean Swim Series event, the State Capital Classic, which is set to be on Sunday in Wellington. She is determined to push forward despite her recent operation to mend a broken collar bone.



The broken collar bone occurred in 2011 while she was on a training ride. A fellow cyclist of Lucienne had lost balance and knocked her off her bike. When she was informed that the broken collar bone would heal without surgery, Lucienne pressed on. Although she did her best to maintain her fitness level, she was still unable to swim properly. This led her feeling disappointed and frustrated, so she decided to get a second opinion from a specialist. The specialist advised her to undergo an operation in order to put it back together.

It was only in last September, 10 months after, when she went for her operation. Just four weeks after the operation, she was back doing gentle training. Seven weeks later, she went on to do a half-ironman event. Currently, she is in preparations for the ‘I’m going long’ 3.3km ocean swim event. “I always look forward to the State Capital Classic – Wellington is my favourite city, which is why I always choose to compete in this particular State NZ Ocean Swim. After a rough year, I am really looking forward to competing again this year and hope to better my time from 2012. My son has just started swimming again too so I’m hoping I can convince him to join me, as he always states he can beat me hands down and I’d like to see him try,” she stated.

When asked about her current condition, she mentioned that her collarbone is still recovering, but her left arm is still a little weak. “If you swim in the pool you can rest and take it a bit easier, but if I do a long stretch non-stop I can feel that it’s not quite there yet. I enjoy that endurance aspect. I also like the atmosphere during this event and sometimes you end up meeting friends you haven’t seen in a while,” she explained about her love for the open waters.

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