It had been so lovely not to smell like chlorine for over a month, but finally the pool called my name. Yes, I’ve neglected it while on multiple trips over the last month. It looked kind of ominous as I made my entrance to do some laps.
Despite the initial shock of putting my head underwater (always the hardest part for me!), I knocked out 1,500m in 40 minutes. I wasn’t trying for record speed, but just to spend some time in the water after avoiding it for so long. Normally my goal is to swim for 50 mins – 1 hour, maybe 2,000m or so. I count in sets of 10, taking small breaks every 5 laps.
Why am I back in the water? #1 – great cross training and general workout, #2 – I signed up for Try Andy’s Tri! I did this race two years ago, and it consists of a 300-meter lake swim/ 10-mile bike/3-mile run. It’s true that this sprint is so short it doesn’t really require training, but it’s still conquering a fear of mine (tri swimming) and completing one of my unfinished 2011 goals. I haven’t modified my Dallas Half Training Plan significantly for this, except that I’ll add in a few bike rides and swims.
In 2009, I placed 12th in my age group:
- Swim – 6:10 (2:05/100m with wetsuit)
- T1 – 3:17
- Bike – 36:23 (16.5 MPH)
- T2 – 1:18
- Run – 26:05 (8:42/mi)
When I signed up for the tri I wasn’t even thinking about beating 2009’s time, but secretly I hope to improve in some areas! Bring it ON – totally ready to kick some butt with a 28 on my leg!