Tonight was our first swim training. We should have had several others already, but what with roofs coming down and thunderstorms, it kept being postponed.
The swimming part of the triathlon is actually the most scary to me. I am not the strongest of swimmers and can only do the most basic of strokes, but I am willing to learn! One of the things I definitely need to learn after tonight is that I am not a fish (as coach J told me). Breathing in is done above the water and breathing out below. For some reason I kept breathing in below the water, gulping in vast amounts of water and then having to cough and paddle and keep myself above water while trying to get my bearings back.
After a while though, some sort of compromise was reached between my nose and my brain. If I would only put my nose under water for the shortest of time, my brain would let me breathe out. Thus avoiding any drowning attempts.
The swimming itself wasn't too bad. I am in no way good enough to start the crawl yet (the whole breathing thing gets in the way), but if I want to do the breast stroke, that is fine too. So, for now I will be concentrating on breast stroke and getting my face deeper and deeper into the water, thus reducing the V-shape my body makes while in the water and thus reducing any back aches that pop up while being a V.
The other thing I have to work on is my feet. More to the point: the soles of my feet. They are not used to anything resembling gravel and such and that is what we will be facing more or less. So, the soles need to be toughened up.
Tomorrow I am going swimming again, this time with a colleague. And according to the weather reports we are due to have the warmest summer on record this year (don't ask me how they know) and for me that would be bliss: a lot of cycling, walking/running and swimming. You won't know me from Adam by the time this triathlon comes around!