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 :(