I can’t believe it as I’m writing this, but the triathlon is two weeks from this past Sunday!
On Sunday, our family was invited to go out on a friend’s boat which gave me a wonderful opportunity to do a practice swim in the open water, a lake. Once again, a whole other animal than swimming in the pool with it’s tidy clear water, walls and lane markers.
I was scheduled to do a 5-mile run, so I did that before we left. I won’t bore you with the details but I
ordered asked nicely for my husband and our friend to please do certain things to help make this swim close to the conditions I’m going to face at the actual race – like having to swim out and having to navigate around an object that will be like a buoy. Besides rounding up 400 other people to swim around with me, they did a great job.
It was actually kind of interesting to have my husband and my kids in a boat 10-20 yards ahead of me watching me
in case I showed signs of drowning. My 8-yr old son asked me about three times if I was OK. I told him I was OK, but it was really hard. The fact that I could even respond was quite a feat.
Since the boat doesn’t have an odometer, we marked the distance based upon my swim time from the duathlon. Bottom line – I did it and I didn’t stop this time (like I did at the duathlon)! My husband was kind enough to jump in the lake with me with about 1/3 the distance left, and swim in my proximity to help me experience another swimmer in the water. While we were out there together, with my head above the water doing breaststroke, I asked him if the dock was getting further away
or if I was somehow swimming backwards. Funny how that phenomenon happened during the duathlon too. Anyway, he assured me that was not the case.
Unbeknownst to me, he had decided to race me in to the finish. I somehow beat him! A little while later he told me that his arms were pretty sore. Um, really!?!?!?
While on the boat, both kids told me, after one of the times they were out swimming/playing around in the lake, that they could never do a triathlon, which of course led me to my – you can do anything you set your mind to speech.
On another note, I have realized that I don’t push myself enough when I’m swimming. In both training in the pool and swimming in the lake Sunday, I easily give up on freestyle and go to breaststroke to give myself a break. I’m not sure why that is. As competitive and athletic I’ve been my entire life, I guess the older I get, the less I seem to push myself.
It’s weird because I know darn well that freestyle is a lot faster than breaststroke is. It would help me finish the swim portion of the triathlon faster to get me on to bless-ed dry land. It could also keep me from getting trampled by the stronger swimmers who start in the wave after me. So I REALLY need to remind myself, both during training in the pool and when I’m out there for the race and I get that feeling of needing to take a break and go to breast, that I truly can push myself a little harder.
Last, but certainly not least, I am fortunate to be doing a two-part guest blog on the fabulous Healthy Girl blog today. Part 1 is running today. Check it out if you have a moment.
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