Okay, so yesterday I was a little cranky. Sorry about that. You guys were so nice, and left me some really amazing comments that made my day, and made me feel 10 million times better. Thanks for being awesome! The day before I got cranky, something amazing happened! Well, amazing to me anyway 😉 My super awesome triathlete BBFF Nicole taught me how to swim! I’m pretty sure it looked something like this
Except I forgot my floaties, and swim coach Nicole didn’t bring me any. Rude. She obviously doesn’t care if I drown on her watch. Okay, so I know how to swim in theory. I love swimming in the summer time, and by swimming I mean standing in the shallow end, staying cool in the 110 degree heat, and occasionally dunking my head under my water if I decide I’m willing to get my hair wet. OH!! And water slides!!! I LOVE water slides!!
I’ve wanted to learn how to actually swim pretty much since I got my bike. I fell in love with riding right away, and it was about .5 seconds before I started dreaming about doing a triathlon. I even had one in mind to register for, but I chickened out, and the swimming has felt so intimidating to me, but yesterday I bought a cap and goggles, and went over to the Kiwanis wave pool (the waves were off, sad, that would have been fun!) with Nicole for my first lesson.
Nicole was a great teacher! She was super patient, and made me feel totally comfortable while I’m sure I looked ridiculous. She taught me how to put on my swim cap and goggles, breathe, kick, stroke, and most importantly take awesome locker room photos.
Or maybe I taught her the last one? 😉 We ended up swimming 400 yards in probably a ridiculously long amount of time, but I didn’t care! I LOVED it! Okay, let me say that this was tough. I felt ridiculously out of shape, I inhaled about a gallon of water, and I looked more like Dumbo than Ariel, but again I didn’t care in the slightest! I love the feeling of being in the water, I love the idea of a new challenge, and I love pushing myself and expanding my fitness capabilities. I loved it so much, that I am ready to shell out the money this weekend for a real fitness swim suit. Not because I want to fit in, but let’s just say mine was not cutting it, and it definitely was not a kids show in my lane. Yikes. I’ll spare you the deets. You’re welcome.
This seems like really great timing to start too, because the weather is just getting too hot to run or bike outside (although I will have to keep it up for my Seattle and NYC training), and it will be something I can continue while I’m in Portland this summer! I’m also pretty sure some amazing, hilarious, speedy swimming lifeguard might be able to take me under her wing in exchange for pushing her with some running. Ahem, Laurel. This will be your summer “Laurel, help me swim! Laurel, help me swim! Laurel, run 15 miles with me!” You will be so ready to go back to Detroit 😉
Okay, I’m off track. For a change. I loved swimming! I can’t wait to do it again, and I can’t wait to take more locker room photos with Niole while the other swimmers watch us in judgement.
What’s the last new work out you tried that you fell in love with?? Do you like swimming? Are you good? Want to help me become good?? 😉