I signed up for Half Ironman Austin yesterday.
This means I have to put the nose to the grind stone for the next six months.
Despite the hard work ahead of me, this goal excites me.
Last year at this time, I could not swim a single lap of freestyle. Not even a half lap. I could breast stroke and doggy paddle but that was the extent of my swimming skills. I wanted to do a triathlon, but I could not swim worth a damn.
I signed up for swim lessons at the YMCA in June. It was for beginners who could not even float. I could float, but I could not breathe. I felt like I was wasting my time.
Frustrated, I dropped out after 3 lessons; although, I paid for 10.
Then, by fate, I was introduced to a triathlon coach. She taught me more in a half hour than the 3 hours I had experienced at the YMCA.
Finally, I could swim half a lap. Wahoo! This was huge. I finally had something to practice.
And practice, I did.
I practiced 3-5 times a week and swam my first sprint triathlon in a pool. I did okay. I was so nervous that I doggy paddled and breast stroked for part of the race. I could only freestyle in short bursts before I was gasping for air. However, I was definitely better than what I was just a month prior to that triathlon.
Regardless of the clumsy swim, I enjoyed this triathlon and was officially hooked on doing more.
My next sprint triathlon was about a month later in an open lake. I hyperventilated as soon as I discovered I could not see. I was back to ground zero. I drove home that day in tears.
I was starting to feel that I was just not destined to be a swimmer.
Yet, funny part is, I could not give up.
Thankfully, each sprint triathlon experience was a small improvement.
Yet sadly, even with 5 triathlons under my belt, I still do not quite yet feel like a true swimmer.
BUT I have finally gotten to the point that with enough practice, I believe I will get there.
And with the help of my new Masters swim class at the YMCA, I have a bit more confidence that I can and will swim 1.2 miles.
Tomorrow, I have my first sprint triathlon of 2011 in Kemah, TX. It will be my first time to wear a wet suit. This will be an interesting experience. Just trying it on last night was a workout in itself!
And so begins the six month journey of experimenting with nutrition, waking up early for masters and experimenting with different proper training regimens. I will start off next week with another 21-day Vegan Challenge on Monday. I would like to shed at least 10 pounds before the big day and I need to stop skipping those Masters classes. Sigh...yeah...I definitely have a few vices I would like to drop in the process so this goal will bring about such positive changes in my life. It will be a tough adventure ahead, but when I reach the end of my journey, it will be such a sweet victory. Here goes nothing...