Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

Breaking The Tape

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Staying Afloat

The half Ironman training is officially underway, and I have again been reminded of the power of training with other people.

The best addition to my training schedule has been signing up for a Master’s swim class. For the uninitiated, ‘Master’s’ does not mean ‘old people’ or ‘people who have mastered swimming’. In our class, it simple means ‘people over the age of 18.’

I was feeling nervous and intimated about attending the first class – all those people in the pool with me at the same time! Sharing a lane with people faster than me! Plus, it had been months since I’d been in the pool and it always takes me a few swim sessions to get back into the swimming-groove.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some familiar faces, and even managed to get myself invited into a lane with two young women who could actually interpret the foreign looking language that outlined our workout for the night.

There were three workouts to select from, as announced by the swim coach: 2300 yards, 2700 yards and 3200 yards. I nearly choked when she read off those distances, as I had never completely more than 1800 yards and that was a the peak of my triathlon training, probably two years ago. What had I gotten myself into?

My lane-mates selected the 2700 yard workout and assured me that we would complete it in the allotted 90 minutes. I was extremely skeptical, especially when I noticed that the ‘warm up’ yardage was longer than my entire last workout in a pool. The first few laps were lung searing and I repeatedly questioned my sanity. I wondered if I could I get a refund.

Somehow I managed to make it through the whole workout, even attempting the backstroke for the first time (it was ugly). I was absolutely stunned when I climbed out of the pool and realized that I had just covered 1.5 miles in the water. I turned to my lane-mates and told them that I never would have persevered if it were not for their presence and encouragement. They admitted to feeling the same way, and our little swimming sisterhood was born.

Now, if I could only figure out how to get myself on the bicycle a little more, I’d feel much better about this latest adventure.

1 comment to Staying Afloat

  • Mom

    As I have said many times, It is what it is. Life is what happens to us everyday, how we live it is up to us. One day at a time we will get through whatever life gives us. Stay strong.
    Love Mom

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