The Teeeemy Tee and I are signed up to do the Quad City Trathlon. This will be Tim’s second tri and my first. I have never been a strong swimmer. It took me 3 tries to pass Beginner’s Swimming. Plus when I was little, I almost drowned in my grandpa’s pool. Consequently, I have a lot of anxiety around being in the water, especially when my chest is below the water line. BUT, I want to get over this fear, and I think that doing a triathlon at 36 will be a good way to celebrate rounding up to 40.
Tim and I hit the pool today for our second swim. Tim promised that with each visit to the pool, I will get exponentially more comfortable in the water. I have to say, he is right. Today still sucked (I think I swam 18 laps, with rests, and then I did 4 or 6 laps with a water board), but it sucked less than it did a week ago.
What did I learn from today?
1. Do NOT wear 3 inch heels the day before swimming. Your feet and calves will cramp up something fierce.
2. Do NOT attempt to put on super tight workout pants after getting out of the pool, unless you are in possession of a jumbo-sized container of baby powder.
I’m going to try swimming at least 2 times/week. Hopefully we can get some open-water swimming in before the event too. From all accounts, swimming in a open body of water with thousands of other people intent on not drowning can be a fairly intimidating experience.