Monday, April 23, 2012

"Tri"ing something new!

Today I went swimming. For real. Not the "swimming" I usually do which is more just play in the water and swim a little bit. I swam 1/4 mile today. Now, I have jelly arms. That was a rough workout!

Growing up at a small lake, we didn't have life guards. We didn't have swim lessons. I learned how to swim...mostly. I think I was 5 or 6 the last time I took official swim lessons (if my memory serves me right). The biggest problem I have in my swimming is that I have no clue how to swim with my face in the water. I've got the arms and the legs down, but that breathing thing, that's going to take a lot of practice! Luckily, I had some great teachers today. Allen had some great tips to try including a website to watch some videos to help with my technique. I'm thankful that I have some pretty smart friends who are willing to share their knowledge! We have our running group, we may have to start a Tri group now too.

2013....the year of the Triathlon! That's the current goal. I've been talking about it for a year now, but trying to find time to fit in the swimming is what has consistently held me back. Can't really go out at 4:30 in the morning to swim some laps before the kids get up and Jeff goes to work! My friend, Kate, has also determined that 2013 is the year of the Triathlon. It will be fun to learn how to Tri together; maybe a  little less intimidating that way!

I love running! You all know I love running. I also love a good challenge! I told Jeff that after The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon I will scale back my training and take some time off from running marathons. Triathlons would be a good distraction for me. A huge challenge (you know, that whole learning to swim thing...), less time training as I won't have to go out for four hour long runs on the weekend, plus it would be good overall exercise.

For now, I will work on learning to swim with my face in the water. I will keep working on my upper body and core strength and see what happens!


5 comments:

  1. I am excited for you, Anne! I really look forward to reading about your training. I've often thought about doing a tri. The training can be intense, but you are forced to cross train, and so many people I know who've done them say they like the challenge and that they feel healthier than when they were "just" a runner. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I've been talking and thinking about it for the past year. For the cross training and just for something different. The opportunity finally presented itself when friends were swimming, so we'll see what happens!

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  2. Ha! I knew it as soon as I saw your post on dailymile about going for a swim. You can run, bike, and now onto tackling swimming! A triple threat in the making! You will do great, no doubt and I think you will enjoy the variety that training for a tri has to offer! Best wishes, Anne!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I'm not sure what will come of it, but new challenges are always fun!

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  3. I'm so excited for you! I really liked training for a triathlon - built in cross-training! Plus, my body was feeling worn down from running so it was good to change it up a bit. It's definitely a challenge but so great. Finding time to swim is definitely the hardest for me too. Good luck!

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