Swimming Catastrophe

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I have never really been a swimmer, but I took lessons at the Y about 2 years ago and have been able to swim laps to reach my mileage. I know I am not a fast swimmer, but my friend talked me into doing a 1 mile swim competition at Lake Harriet. I was terrified! It's not like a 5K where anyone can do it and you get people from all speeds and abilities. These people were serious swimmers and swimming was their thing. Within the first 30 seconds, everyone was already 50 meters ahead of me. I looked back at the safety kayak and wanted to just go back, but I went on.

I swam way off course because I couldn't see any other swimmers and my goggles were not helping. I started panicking which made it even more difficult to breathe. The kayak guy had to keep yelling at me to get back on course. I wasn't even to the 2nd bouey when almost everyone else had already finished. My arms and legs wouldn't work together and I was either pulling with my arms and not kicking my feet or I was concentrating on kicking my feet and barely moving the water with my arms. I felt like I was just flailing around.

I finally got within clear site of the beach and swam as fast as I could to get there. When I could stand, I did and the guy said I had to finish on the beach, so I walked in and then started hyperventilating. I don't think this is what my doctor had in mind when he told me to ease back into my cardiovascular activities.

It took me 45 minutes to complete the mile and I came in 92nd out of 93 :(
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    That's pretty funny Greentrails, although I'm always self concious when I am in an event, so I would rather there be no spectators and cheering at all emoticon I would have liked to swim to the opposite shore if I thought I could.

    Thank you all for the uplifting comments; I do feel much better about it now.
    2523 days ago
  • KAYLA0041
    Are you kidding? You did amazing, I would have ended up hyperventaling in the water and would have been drug to shore by the canoe. You did GREAT!!!!!
    2523 days ago
    You finished the course and that says a lot about your motivation and endurance. I'm not a swimmer at all so am very impressed.
    2524 days ago
    When I was in a similar situation of being well behind in a race, my girlfriend (who entered with me) told me this gem. It's best to be either top three or very last. All those folks in the middle get lost in the pack. Winners and those who win by just crossing the finish line get all the cheers! It really got me thinking differently about the whole experience.

    Here's to being last! Hip Hip Hooray!
    2524 days ago
    Thanks everyone! I know I need to keep reminding myself that the goal is to finish. I've done lots of running races and even though I am not particularly fast there either, I have never been one of the slowest. It was very humbling to come in last and it shook me up quite a bit. You are all right though; I finished and that is what's important. Thanks so much for the encouragement. Good luck on your upcoming races :)
    2524 days ago
    you have alot of endurance to be able to do that. Even the pro's have their bad days and the fact that you finished in spite of the problems is huge. dont sell yourself short. go back to the drawing board and recount what you could have improved upon then go try it again. you will get better.

    2524 days ago
    You finished!! and next time it will be definitely better - If you could finish that mile feeling the way you did, you can do anything.
    2524 days ago
    No matter: you finished, and you will do better in your TRI outing because you did this. Congrats on making the effort! emoticon
    2524 days ago
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