I SO reek at swimming! I like to float around in my pool, soak in the sunshine and drink Diet Pepsi, you know? My pool used to be 90F before I could get in, but last year I weaned myself off of 90 to 86F..pretty good. Actually, I became tired of the boys taunting me.."Mom can't get in, it's not 90!"
I have triathlon on the goal path for this year so I had to take to the pool this morning. It was cold. It wasn't fun. I suck at it. I swam 25 yard of free style, then 25 yard of breast stroke. I could swim breast stroke forever. I can't swim free style for more than 25 yards..when I am out of air and weak. Good grief!
One thing I noticed, I kind of like sucking at swimming. It gives me a goal to reach for, you know? I can run long and slow forever, now I'm getting damn good at intervals..swimming is something new. Something new to hate (yes, I used to HATE running..I SO sucked at it!), a new goal to attain. Can I imagine swimming 2.4 miles in Ironman? HELL NO! But I will, damn right I will.
I signed up for the Gear West University program taking place February 18. They have programs in triathlon nutrition, changing tires, swimming and running. Carrie Tollefson is going to speak during one of the classes. I know nothing about triathlon, other than the books I've read and the blogs I visit. I have much to learn. I have no experience whatsoever.
My first triathlon is the Chain of Lakes in Alexandria. The swim portion takes place in a pool (safe) and then we head out for the bike and run portion. My friend Susan came in first or second in her elite division last year. She signed up again this year so I won't be totally alone and embarrassed.
Lifetime Triathlon was on my radar, but after speaking with many, I've found that the open swim is rather busy and scary there. Lots of pro's and maybe not the best choice for an Oly. first for me. I was hoping to do this one because it was part of Team in Training. Guess I'll check the calendar for another. I don't want to be scared off from the get-go.
Today: Swim: 25 yards freestyle/25 yards breaststroke 4 x Run: intervals for 30 minutes, 8 miles with Topaz on trail and 40 minutes RT: chest/back.