It has been way too long since my last post! There have been so many reasons for that, but I’ll just stick with summer getting in the way. That, though, has affected my training;(
Never underestimate the power of a friend by your side. I have a great friend who just happens to run. She not only has motivated me to actually get out and run quite a few times but also has motivated me to keep running when I’ve definitely wanted to stop. We generally choose a route around the neighborhood…and I’m not talking about around the block or even two blocks or even three blocks or…well, you get the idea. We usually run about an hour. Some things I’ve noticed about running and myself: First, it takes me a long while to get warmed up (the kind of warmed up where I don’t think I am going to pass out due to lack of oxygen); second, I actually feel like I can run for almost ever once I am warmed up (weird, weird, weird); and, third, I actually want/need to run some days (even more weird than thinking I can run for almost ever). I can say now without a doubt that running will be a part of my life until I cannot do it anymore. I’ve always been one to say “Never say never” — although I actually never believed that saying and definitely thought when I said “Never,” I meant never — so I’m not going to say I’m going to run a marathon, but it’s more in the realm of possibility than it was 12 weeks ago when I said I was never going to be a runner!
On to swimming: I’ve been swimming so many times in a pool that I cannot even count. There has been only one time, though, that I’ve been swimming in the San Diego Bay. Okay, all together now…EWWWWW! Yeah, it was pretty gross and quite an eye-opener to what I have ahead of me. Fear Factors: Jumping fish in the bay minutes before entering the water. Yeah, slightly scary! Ooshy, gooshy, mooshy sloosh under your feet as you walk in. Oh, yeah, slightly scary. Sharks? Yep, the Jaws theme song entered my mind at several points during the swim…and on a side note, when looking up the theme song, I had to immediately push pause!! The hardest part about swimming in the bay/ocean is that you absolutely cannot see. Learning how to sight my destination from the top vs. the lane lines that I usually see at the bottom of a pool is harder than I thought. Also, who would have ever thought turning around a buoy while swimming would be a weird experience? I never thought so, but it was for me. You want to be as close to the buoy as possible because you absolutely do not want to swim any more than you have to, but that makes your body contort in a weird way. Maybe that’s just me. I should have fielded that out with the coach first before I wrote my truth! I wore a wetsuit for the first time. A wetsuit that I have to say felt like seal blubber — not that I’ve actually ever felt seal blubber, but I’m sure that’s why the Jaws theme song entered my mind. I still want to get a wetsuit for the tri. I realized that I probably would prefer a sleeveless tri suit. I am thoroughly amazed at the floatability you have in a wetsuit. You actually have to force your legs down…weird! Overall, the experience of swimming in the bay was a good one!
Lastly, to stay honest with the reason I started this blog (meaning I wanted to be truthful about the ups and downs of tri training), I have been avoiding my bike like the plague! Wow, what a relief to get that load off my shoulders! I have found absolutely no pleasure in riding THE BEAST. It’s not the best bike, no question about that. I think it’s a doable bike, though. I think my hang up with THE BEAST truly lies with myself. With every downward pedal my frustration grows and grows. I feel like the effort I’m putting into it isn’t resulting in the accomplishment that I expect. That’s a problem that needs to get sorted out and fast! It’s obviously not going work out well for me come September 11, 2011, if I don’t get it figured out.
For now I’m going to close, but I promise not to make it too long before my next blog!
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Thanks for reading ~ Amy