I feel like I’m all triathlon talk all the time right now. On social media, on the blog, in real life it’s all I can talk about. I’m both terribly nervous and extremely excited, but right now excitement is winning. Beyond anything all I can think is that I’m about to accomplish one of my major fitness goals. My #1 goal, actually. It might not be number 1 on my goals page but it’s always been number 1 in my mind. And now I’m only days away from crossing it off my list.
In just 6 days I’ll be doing this:
Well, 300 m, 8 km, and 3km. But still. Crazy. Awesome.
Please forgive me if this week I talk about nothing else. I’ll try but I can’t make any promises. I’m just too excited about it.
Last night I recieved my “participant’s notes” from the tri organizers. I’ve now been informed of the rules, the start times, the race routes, and all the other details. It feels real now. I can’t to pick up my race stuff on Saturday. Once I have my number and timing chip and swim cap and all such things I might just die from the excitement and anticipation.
This morning I finally learned how to swim. Or at least that’s what it felt like. I had been having trouble swimming even 300 meters, which is the distance of the triathlon swim. I kept getting tired and during the ocean swim I had to stop so many times I doubled my regular time in the pool.
I went to the pool this morning to just swim as far as I could with no real goals in mind other than to swim at least 600 meters. I swam the first 75 meters and I was already tired. I had to stop to catch my breathe and then I swam another 75 and needed another break. I realized at that rate I would be stopping way too much during the swim.
So I tried something different. I swam slower.
After the first 150 I started again and swam slower. It was much easier and I felt fine after 50 then 75 then 150 meters. I actually swam 400 meters before needing to take a break. It was amazing and a total confidence boost that I needed after the past few swims I’ve had.
In running I had learned that going slower meant I could go farther, but somehow I didn’t apply that logic to swimming. But now that I have I’m able to go much farther without needing breaks. Since my goal for this first triathlon isn’t speed I’m much more confident that I can accomplish my goal of finishing without stopping or quiting.
If you can’t tell, I’m excited about my triathlon this week.
What are you excited about this week?