When I venture into something new, I typically prefer being over informed. I was immediately in search of as much information as I could find on swimming, biking and running. My 1st course of action was to focus on what I am least familiar with and what I believe will be my greatest challenge. That is the swim of course. I called Nina at our gym and scheduled a lesson and the next morning drove over to the indoor pool. As I pulled up my ten-year-old bright plum speedo, I immediately struggled with putting the goggles on. After a few minutes I had them smothering my eye sockets, and I guess ready to go. I comfortably entered the pool recalling growing up swimming all summer. I gradually made my way over to the lap lane. I put my head in the water, and as a slapped one after the other, I found myself gasping for breath about half way across the pool. I could not believe how much trouble I was having and I had just got in the pool. So, with my head out of the water I was able to complete a length and through my frustration exited the lap lane and grabbed my towel.
That evening I researched swimming on-line and quickly saw many reviews and links to Total Immersion Swimming and a clinic and class coming to Pittsburgh the next weekend. I certainly knew I wasn’t ready to embarrass myself in a weekend clinic, but my calendar allowed me just enough room to plan for attending the free class at REI featuring the co-author Terry Laughlin, from “Total Immersion Swimming.”
I found many websites, blogs, and posts on triathlons and was very surprised to see so many different events and modified distances available in the area. My friend Christi was getting ready for her 1st one of the year called the New Brighton Tri. I was planning on how the heck I was going to breathe under water and complete even a lap.
My husband informed me that I should be breathing underneath the water (like blowing bubbles) and I thought he was joking with me. Bing agreed with him. Yikes, how do you breathe under water? I felt as if I was going back to preschool.