One of my big resolutions this year was to learn to swim, since I committed to this little race called the New York Triathlon. I mean it’s not that I don’t know how to swim at all (I can get across the pool and all), but I’m not very efficient. Or fast. I had a little taste of where I stood with my swimming abilities when I attended the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s free mini swim clinic last spring during their open house. I knew I needed help.
I found a local tri group by me in CT, TriFitness, that offered group swimming lessons at a reasonable price. I was a little nervous to be in class full of seasoned triathletes and was worried about falling behind.
The first class was tough. I felt like it took me three times as long to get across the pool as anyone else, and I had no idea what any of the drills meant! Since then, I’ve been getting the hang of it, and I feel like I am slowly making progress. I won’t be winning any age group awards, but I just might be able to finish the swim portion of the tri with a smile on my face!
In order to make room in my workout schedule for these swim sessions, I’ve had to commit to morning runs so I can swim in the evenings. The New York City Half Marathon is only a few weeks away, and I so badly want to cross that sub-2 hour half barrier. I’ve been running 5-6 days a week and upping my mileage to at least 40 miles/week for the past month or so, with long runs ranging from 12-16 miles.
It’s exhausting to get two workouts done in one day, and I know it will get a little crazier when I have to add biking to the mix, too. But hopefully all of this hard work will pay off!