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Why did I decide to do a triathlon again?

Monday, August 05, 2013

This past weekend, we camped with a friend at Ike Kinswa State Park. It's near Mossyrock, WA. The park is great - the campground has lots of trees, so the campsites are shaded (nice if you're in a tent as we are). There's a swimming beach and plenty of places to fish.

So, since there was a beach, I decided to swim. Wow, I am really bad at swimming. Seriously bad. As in, in forty minutes in the water, I probably only swam about ten. The rest of the time was spent mentally rehearsing breathing. Good lord - top of the evolutionary ladder and I have to rehearse breathing? And I really disliked unseen living things brushing up against me while I was in the water. I suspect I was at a very susceptible age when "Jaws" was released - I've been scarred ever since.

For all my caterwauling, it was a productive session in the water. I just need more of them! I think I need to work on slow swim strokes while I'm developing a good breathing rhythm. I hope to get into the mighty Columbia River soon. That's kind of a scheduling nightmare because I have to do it when the Hubs is available. (He's going to walk along the shore to keep an eye on me.) I keep going back and forth about lessons.

The big downside would be the cost. I haven't joined a gym because there's a couple from our church who's offered the use of their endless pool. I'm already looking at buying a wet suit, a tri suit, a triathlon license and a few other geegaws. The Hubs hasn't complained about the money I've spent thus far, but we're still recovering from him being out of work for a few years. We're aggressively paying down some debts, and my car is on its last legs. I still haven't received the bill from my surgery, but I believe my portion is going to be about $1800. I think I'd rather work on swimming on my own for a while before I make the commitment to pay for a gym membership and a coach.

The other thing that surprised me was the soreness in my legs after swimming. It wasn't much, but I could feel it. I enjoy that gentle achiness after a good workout. I've been feeling it most days since my doctor cleared me to return to my usual athletic endeavors. I was beginning to think I was overdoing it, but then it occurred to me: you're a multi-sport athlete. You're supposed to over-do it. I don't believe I'm taxing my body to point of it being dangerous. I just think it's having to adapt to more walking/running and the swimming, instead of me just being on a bike five days a week.

Even though I'm kind of whining, I'm looking forward to getting back in the water. I must be crazy! emoticon
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    I'm training for a sprint-tri.. and I found online videos on swimming very helpful! If you look them up, there are some geared more for 'triathlon' swimming, but overall, any technique ones for crawl/freestyle I found very helpful. I watch and then go swim and work on my form in the pool or lake.
    Good luck and Have fun!

    1114 days ago
  • v IMSMILEY88
    Glad to hear you are back in the water & thinking about a tri again. I did two sprint tris two years ago and was thinking about doing another this fall. However, I've decided on a duathlon instead. (At least for now!) It's coming up in just 11 days!

    And, yes, as a multi-sport athlete (doesn't that sound awesome?) we do hurt a little. And, it can get very expensive! Or it can stay pretty cheap. It sounds like you have a pretty good plan in place. I love that you have an endless pool you can swim in!
    1114 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    The triathlons in my area all require a USA triathlon license to participate. You can buy a one-day license for $10, but the annual license wasn't much more than that. This information was on the web pages of the triathlons I was looking at. If it's not mentioned in the sign-up information, I'm guessing you don't need one.
    1115 days ago
  • v 68ANNE
    You made me laugh with the tale of the camping swimming debacle. Thanks. I have not heard of a tri license. Is is something for just your state or does everyone need one?
    1115 days ago
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