I am hoping to compete in a triathlon next summer. It will be a sprint but a triathlon none the less. For a guy who used to barely be able to run 1/8 of a mile I am pretty excited at the notion of even trying.
I am targeting the Rattlesnake Tri at Aurora Reservoir based on recommendations from a few friends and it has an open water swim. About two years ago I started running and at first it was tough as I could barely run for two minutes as I started the Couch to 5k program. Fast forward to today and I can run a 5k, easily, I ran the BolderBoulder 10k without issue and can run 5 miles no problem. Biking also isn’t an issue as I ride 15+ miles every other weekend or so. But that swimming??
I haven’t spent much time in the water since before middle school, mostly due to my weight. I always loved the water growing up but then I got self conscious and fat and didn’t like taking my shirt off in public. About a month ago I got in the pool at the gym with the intent on swimming laps for the first time in probably 20+ years. It was a struggle and I could barely do half of a length of the pool before I needed to stop and come up for air. I feel like my lungs are good (as shown by my running) but my technique is obviously lacking and it is costing me.
So today’s WOD is to swim. If you are proficient then swim 1 mile and if you are like me then just get in the water and do laps as best as possible.
Today was my third time in the pool and I was able to swim full lengths of the pool but not able to do a full lap. It is a work in progress and I have quite a bit of time to get better, and I need to get better because in the open water I won’t have walls to hold onto!