I just ordered my triathlon wet suit today. I’m swimming the first leg of an Olympic Distance Triathlon in 9 days, a 1 mile swim. Last year I promised that I wouldn’t do it without a wetsuit to add a little bouyancy and safety to the swim. With tendrils of seaweed grabbing my ankles and wrists with every stroke, I’ll take a little help from the wetsuit.
I’ve been swimming 3-4 times per week, and it’s going pretty well. I’m impressed with how good I feel afterwards, my entire body is relaxed, and nothing hurts. Sometimes I hate coming back to gravity after getting out of the pool. In fact, I’m almost addicted. I think about swimming almost non-stop. This happens every fall when I train for one of the local triathlons. I’m thinking about doing a 3K ocean swim at the end of September as well…maybe by then I’ll be in shape for the 5K…
I wish I found the other 2 legs of the triathlon as easy as swimming, I’d be a superstar then! In my first triathlon, I finished smack in the middle of the entire field of 250 for the swim, including the men and elite athletes. I was pretty impressed with myself, but my meager lead of 5 or 6 minutes in the swim didn’t hold up long on the rest of the course.
Work is a little slow now, I’m doing my “research” month. I worked a total of 14 shifts, went to ortho clinic a little bit to make up for the time I missed during surgery, and finally turned in an IRB application. But I’ve had time to get to the pool and train as well.
I start full time again next week, so maybe I’ll have some fun stories.