I am swimming.
Three little words I NEVER thought I’d say. Truly. I never thought I’d say those three words.
I got in the pool yesterday and I swam, unaided, for 18 mother-fucking laps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s half a mile for those that don’t know pool lap conversions!
Half a mile is the distance I have to swim in my triathlon. HOT DAMN!
As I type this, the true magnitude of swimming a half a mile hasn’t really sunk in. Part of me says, “no biggie, it’s just another workout at the Y.” But the other part of me says, “FUCK YEAH, I ROCK!!!!!!!!!!”
Swimming the 18 laps felt really good. I didn’t struggle, I felt I was in a rhythm, my breathing was pretty good and I felt comfortable. I didn’t intend to swim 18 laps. My goal is always to do 9, or 1/4 mile. But once I got going and it felt good, I just kept swimming.
So while I’m nowhere near a confident swimmer and I still have a long way to go because I need to get “okay” with swimming in choppy, open water with other people… at least I finally made some decent progress and I’ve been able to cover the distance I need to swim.
And to think, just over a month ago I was thinking about deferring because I couldn’t swim one lap. Wow, a lot can happen in a few short weeks.
Until next time,
Gotta run (or swim a 1/2 mile!)
P.S. For those keeping tabs on my poison ivy, here’s the update. I also have hives. Yep, that’s right, I have hives ON TOP OF MY POISON IVY! It turns out I am allergic to the oral steroid they gave me to fight the poison ivy. So now I’m off of all meds and I just have to gut it out.
AND, if poison ivy and hives wasn’t bad enough, last night as I was sitting outside I got a few mosquito bites. Yep, I have now completed the trifecta of itching… poison ivy, hives and mosquito bites. I can’t make this shit up!