After weeks of waffling, no not Eggos, I sucked it up….and with the fabulous peer pressure of the tritastic Meghan, I signed up for my first triathlon!!! OK, Andrew is doing it with me! We are doing sprint triathlon Tri to Beat Cancer in Athens, GA next month. I chose the sprint because it’s the shortest water distance.
Hold on to your panties. I am beyond unnerved. Running, pfff no problem. Biking, bring on the biggest hill you have. Swimming, um only if I can wear floaties. The swim. The elusive mad water dash.
Reasons I loathe agua. Water temp. When running and you’re cold, fine wear a warmer shirt. In water, wear a friggin wet-suit. Running and you’re out of breath, slow down. Swimming and tired, you sink. I can say that I have only been swimming properly for about 4 weeks; fair enough, I will give it more time before I say I despise water.
Why did I buckle now? This week in particular I’m making progress with swimming. I know I’m suppose to probably be talking more about running, but hang with me. I watched a bevy of swimming videos online and have been eying the Georgia Tech swim team practices when I pass by during my morning workouts. Each night this week I practiced on something new. Breathing, stroke and overall body position. I finally had a breakthrough when I found a pace and learned to control my swim. Rather than swim, swim, swim, I slowed and “swam.” It was an amazing feeling to go with the water and not rush it.
My tip for the week– watch a few videos or other people in the water and keep at it. With your stroke, reach directly in front of your head, extend those muscles. You’re making a straight line with your body. Hold the outstretched arm in front and let the other arm catch up to the outstretched position before pulling. Some suggest letting your hands touch to make sure you’re doing it properly. Windmill those arms so they come back to your thigh. Moves more water, making it easier to swim. I am a swimming novice, I’m sure there are pros somewhere laughing at this, but I’m going with it.
Two recent race announcements has my late summer full. Time to get on my game with training and nutrition. Starts now! I even have some pals looking to get first races under their belt, looking forward to signing up and supporting them as well.
And can we PLEASE get a break from this heat. 102 at 7PM last night. Gross.
Weather permitting, hoping to get in another good ride this weekend. Other than trying to avoid LeBron news, what are you kids up to? And I’m taking any and all tri or racing tips, please!