I’ll keep telling myself that.

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It is with great sadness that I must report my own surrender.  Due to my decision to succumb to the dark and evil void that is triathlon, I must surrender my dearly beloved running days.  I am no longer able to continue my 4-5 day per week running schedule and must instead slosh through the pool like a dying whale and/or enase myself in brightly colored spandex and frighten small children as I ride by on my bike.  It is both a curse and a gift.

The curse is that running is what got me here.  So I kind of feel like I’m losing something if I don’t run.  Like if I don’t run I will be out of shape.  Yes, I know that swimming and biking are both great exercise as well, but still…  The gift is to my legs.  Obviously, the beating I gave my body in training for a marathon didn’t fare as well for me as I had hoped it would and my body rebelled by… well… breaking.  So taking the pressure off while still exercising is a good thing.  Especially with lower impact exercises like swimming and biking.

This is good.  I’ll keep telling myself that.

Speaking of swimming, I put in 800 yards at the pool this morning.  The good news is that the fatigue in my arms is less than it was.  The bad news is I still can’t go more than a few hundred yards at a time.  I’m not sure at this point if this is physical or psychological.  Either way I just need to work through it.  I need to take my time and be patient.  I think my speed/strength is improving.  I can now swim 25 yards at a sprint in about 18 seconds.  Not world class, but faster than the 26 seconds it took me the first time I timed myself.

There is a first time triathlon group that is going to start training through a local running shop in February.  Even though there is a cost involved, I may do it anyway.  It includes swim lessons from two Ironman triathletes, organized rides and runs, bike tips and transition practice.  That about covers it!  I really think this is something I should do.  I know my swim form is bad but I don’t even know what about it is bad.  The lessons alone are worth the price.  The extra group workout days will be useful as well.

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