Wow, I swam over 6,000 yards this week (or 3.4 miles). In May, I could swim about 10 yards so I would say that I am making great progress. It feels so good to be able to finally swim continuously and I am getting more and more comfortable in the water. My neck has finally stopped hurting which tells me I am more relaxed (thanks to my coach) and breathing better. Last week I also tried my first OWS (open water swim) thanks to my friends Christi and Miranda. We met at Raccoon Creek State Park and upon my first look at the water and I wasn’t quite sure I would ever get in. With a like coaxing, I ventured about waist-high wondering with each step what my toes were sinking into. I wasn’t quite sure I would ever stick my head in the dark greenish brown liquid, but finally, I just went for it and followed the ladies towards the swim lane. I opened my eyes under water and saw murky thick green liquid and was completely grossed out, I did try a few more times but couldn’t get comfortable with the zero visibility and algae. But I did it…I got in… I put my head down. That was my baby step…. I sure take a lot of those.
Now, I know what to expect and what I have to work towards. The good news is, I have not been having any nightmare’s about lake or sea monsters.
I believe I have hit the end of the season for additional tri’s but I am very excited to plan for next year. Thanks to a couple of friends comments and inspiration I came up with a huge goal idea for 2013. When I brought it up to my coach I was nervous to see his expression and hear his thoughts about the potential race. I was excited to learn that he thinks it is very obtainable and realistic and I have a whole year to prepare, especially getting used to OWS. I am super optimistic and hopeful that I will get a slot when registration opens. Hoping to have good news soon…
I also invested in my first wet suit.
Number one, it provides me with some additional protection against sea monsters.
Number two, it will help me with buoyancy allowing me to stay on top of the water better.
Number three, it will keep me warm in the colder waters.
Yes, that is the order of importance to me (haha). With my coaches recommendation I went with the sleeveless Blue Seventy Reaction. My husband and I have a trip to Hilton Head in a couple of weeks so I might just have an opportunity to give it a try this year.
In the morning my coach will compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas… go Jeremy!!!