On Tuesday I had intended to go to the main gym to use the pool to try swimming the .25 mile distance that you have to swim in the sprint triathlon. It's funny, .25 miles just doesn't seem like it would be that far and I'm a fairly good swimmer so even though I didn't expect it to be easy, I didn't expect it to be nearly as hard as it was! And I was in a pool where I could stop periodically! I had done 30 minutes on the elliptical before attempting the swim, but I don't think that really affected me that much. The hardest part of the whole thing was breathing. Aside from the swimming lessons that you get as a kid, I've never had real swimming lessons to teach me proper form for racing so I now know that I need to do a little research on that. I'm sure I was breathing wrong, and was probably not keeping my body straight enough, or kicking effectively, but maybe in the next 6 weeks I can get it figured out.
The 3 things holding me back from saying a definitely "yes" to trying the sprint triathlon are/were:
- Not knowing if I could swim .25 miles.
- Not having a bike to ride in the race or for practice (since I have a cruiser bike which is meant for cruising, NOT for racing... but I sure do love it for cruising!).
- Not knowing if my knee can handle running for 3.9 miles on a road.
P.S. By the way, it kills me that I can't run more. I love running as my primary source of burning calories. Even though the elliptical supposedly burns as many calories/minute, I seriously have my doubts about that because running is SO much harder and I feel like I'm so much more exhausted when I do the same amount of "calories" on the treadmill vs. the elliptical.