- Crawl off the couch after a crappy night's sleep
- Go to work to say goodbye to the most recently laid off
- Go to Freshmen volleyball match
- Run to University of Kentucky for a swim
- Go to Arboretum for run
- Head back to gym for end of Varsity match and bring my daughter home
Andrea over at Bluegrass Tri Chick has been warning me about my open water swim for months. Sunday I finally took her up on her offer to take me to Cave Run Lake and get it over with. Her husband Steve came with us for kayak support and thank goodness he did.
|I know I'm biased but I rock this look. (All pics from Andrea and Steve)|
|You can make a rough estimate at my speed by the massive wake I'm leaving.|
|Gasping for air.|
Now, I've been known to have the odd panic attack and bobbing out in the lake, out of breath with a long way to go my heart rate sky-rocketed and I dove for the kayak. I hung on to the kayak until I caught my breath and headed out again.
Steve kept saying, "You're going a little fast, man." Having been able to stop every 25m if I needed to I had no idea what "not too fast" felt like. Finally, after two unimpressive trips out to the buoy and back Andrea told me to just stick with her and she'd pace me. That time I made it all the way to the buoy and could have turned around and come back but we stopped, tread water for a while, and I finally started to relax.
I'm horrified thinking what might have happened at the race if I hadn't had that wake up call. Andrea and Steve pretty much saved my race and maybe my life.
|Andrea is the normal-sized one.|
Last night I had a full 500m swim scheduled for the first time. I slowed my pace way down and made it easily. Just to put my mind at ease, I took a little break and did another 400m swim. The whole workout totaled 1000m. For the first time since I started this journey I absolutely know I can do the swim and that's going to make all the difference.
10 more days. I am now more excited than nervous. I've worn my tri-suit in front of people, which may have been more horrifying than the prospect of drowning, and I survived. I've done the bike distance, swim distance and run distance and my bricks have felt really good. I've discovered Chocolate Outrage Gu and had my life changed again by it's heavenly flavor. I'm looking forward to knocking out my last 10 days of training and killing this race.