I’m pretty sure most of you don’t care but I’m going to tell you anyway. After talking to Brian on the phone the other day I realized I need to add swimming to my routine. I am not a strong swimmer and if I want to eventually do an Ironman I better hit the pool a couple times a week. I picked a bad week to start.
I have a 28 mile race on Saturday which is a “drop out at any point you want to” kind of race. In other words, it is held in a forest preserve in the dead of winter and can be terrible weather. Because of this, it is quite acceptable to call it a day at any time and not be made fun of. Last year I called it quits at 18. I vowed to do the whole thing this year. Unfortunately the swimming has taken more out of me than I thought. I could barely swim 100 meters the first half hour. I finally slowed my stroke down, worked on my technique and I can swim 400 meters without stopping. For most swimmers this sucks, for me it is fantastic. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to become a strong enough swimmer to swim a mile without stopping .
I am not training very hard because it’s frickin cold outside but I still run or swim every day. I only get 30 miles or so in each week and two days of swimming so I may suffer greatly Saturday. I’ve already loaded up my walkman for 5 hours of music because I plan on walking 8 miles. No way I am muddy marathon trained. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind but a dead body leads to a dead mind as well. Wish me luck.