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.