"I would love to get into triathlon, but I cannot swim at all."
"I would seriously drown if I was ever put into open water with hundreds of other people."
|What I looked like 9 months ago...|
O how wrong I was.
The first day I went to the pool, I borrowed some goggles, put on my trunks, and hopped in the water to perform what I thought was freestyle at the time. This is how the workout went. I swam 1 length(25 yards), felt like I was drowning, rested about a minute, and then attempted to do the same thing again. This went on for about 20 minutes to which point I was exhausted and got out of the pool and thought that I had done a decent workout. I had maybe swam 400-500 yards, leaning towards the former.
|What I actually look like now...|
|What I would like to look like someday...|
However, the title of this article is "The Water Can be a Humbling Place..." and I wouldn't be doing anyone justice if I did not poke a bit of fun at myself for how far I still have to go with my swimming.
Yesterday, at my Master's class, I was put in a lane with two women who had been attending the group for a few years. One was a woman in her 40's who had swam in college and the other was a 69 year old former olympic qualifier who consistently wins state and national meets for her age group in multiple events.
Before the swim even began, the 40 year old turned to me and said, "If we are moving too slow, do not be afraid to pass us."
Coach Sue overheard this and said, "Do not be intimidated by this kid; he is a newbie swimmer. He will be chasing you guys all session."
She could not have been more right. From the moment the workout started, I was struggling to hold on. The workout was actually pretty fun. We warmed up, did about 1800 yards of swim golf, and cooled down. For those of you who don't know what swim golf is, here is a link to a brief explanation.
The purpose of the workout was to not necessarily go fast, but to drive forward with each stroke and make each pull as efficient as possible. However, in order to keep up, I had to push for about 1:33-1:35/100 yards for the entire workout which is TOUGH for me!
Sue was getting a kick out of watching me struggle to catch my breath at the end of each set before attempting to go again. In the end, I truly enjoyed the chance to work with these ladies and hope that they will let me in their lane next session as well.
In conclusion for today, anyone can learn how to swim if you are determined enough to make it happen. Do not let fear of the water be a reason why you do not try a triathlon. Steps to make it happen:
1. Get in the water
2. Get in the water again
3. Join a Master's Class
4. Get in the Water more
Do you see a pattern? Make it happen.
|My Master's Class|