I have 2 friends that have talked me into doing the Danksin Triathlon coming up in June in Colorado. I’m in pretty decent shape, I’m in the gym every day, I lift once a week and usually spin or run the other 4 days a week. If the weather is nice, I hike or run outside on the weekends too. Its the only thing that keeps me sane.
Well, I’m in decent bike/run shape, but I haven’t swam in YEARS. I used to swim competitively when I was in high school, but that was about 2 decades ago. So today, I decided to get wet. I thought I might jump in the pool at the East Boulder Rec Center and swim with a women’s swim group, but when I arrived I learned that it was for paying members only and the class was full anyway. So I got in the water and just swam laps.
I think I swam maybe about 40 minutes. I took lots of breaks, griping the pool edge for dear life. I learned that I have an old-school freestyle stroke, that I don’t remember how to swim SLOWLY, but I regularly lapped the other people in my lane (so I’m pretty fast still).
Right now, I feel like jello. I can barely feel my legs and my head is spinning. So I rewarded myself with about 6 Oreo Cookies, the only thing I could find that had fat content. I didn’t think the carrots I brought were going to adequately replenish. Only 3.5 months to go to the Danskin.
Just between you and me, I know I’m in good shape, but I’m still nervous about this (which is why I’m doing it). I don’t even really have a good reason! Anyway, wish me luck…