Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm Ready

What am I ready for? I am ready to get back in the water and do a tri again tomorrow.
So what has gotten me to this state?  Well, I never wanted to throw in the towel completely at least not for long.

I have been swimming 3 times since the debacle two weeks ago.  I first went back into the pool where I felt safe. I was a bit surprised that even that made me nervous at first but I kept at it and swam slowly but surely so to say.

Then I went to Lake Dunmore, my OWS spot, and went in the water, wetsuit and all.  I do this all the time but it felt different now. I must admit I swim alone so this time I stayed closer to shore and in the state park swimming boundaries which I had not been doing.  I swam slowly and just practiced being able to breathe.  I sang a little ditty in my head when I was nervous and just concentrated on being relaxed. No speed records were set.

I went back to Lake Dunmore  yesterday and did the same as above with a little more speed.  Although my breathing feels best when I do the free style, I always end up going the wrong way and don't do it for long.  I did mostly the breast stroke because I guess it feels better to me.  I did feel relaxed even when I saw a few weeds. I know when I swim tomorrow I will be out in the deeper, somewhat weedier part but I will be with a lot of people which makes it easier.  (As I am writing this I can feel my heart speeding up.  Okay, I still have work to do.)  BUT I can do it!!!

My running is feeling pretty good again, too.  Oddly, my bike which has always felt good is the most off in the speed department.  I am expecting a slower than usual time tomorrow and will be pleasantly surprised if that is not the case.  My brother is going to come watch I hope.  He has never been to a triathlon.  He tried to see me once at the marathon but there were so many people it didn't happen.

Oh yeah, I also practiced doing it all while having to pee. Seriously.  I seem to always need to go between each discipline here and have been. But yesterday, I didn't let myself go use the bathroom because I knew I wouldn't in the race.  I may be more worried about the pee factor than the swim factor tomorrow, who knows?

Oh yeah, one more thing. I did a little retail therapy. I bought my first ever triathlon suit. What is it called?  A kit?  So I can't quit now  because it cost a lot of money.

So there you have it.  I'm ready.  But if you're thinking of it and want to send some positive thoughts my way from 8:30 to 9:00 EST tomorrow, go for it!

One more thing.  I always say my goal for any race is to have fun and I do mean it. But tomorrow this is a more serious goal than usual because of my small worry that I may not because I so didn't last time. So my A goal = Have fun!


christa said...

Have fun. I have to miss it as we will be going to the lake tomorrow. You will be great.

Anonymous said...

My positive thoughts will reach you sooner than everyone else's because I will be on a plane at that time.
Best of luck!

Kate Geisen said...

You look good in that kit!

I believe in you. You can do this. I'm looking forward to seeing a happy post from you tomorrow. :) And if you start to feel panicky, just keep telling yourself you've done this before, you can do it again. What movie is that song from?

OK, I found it. Not what I was expecting, but this is it. Just when you're swimming you'll have to sing the "We'll march along" line as "I'll swim along..."

Amy said...

Good luck, Andrea, I really hope it all goes well for you! I admire you getting back in there and facing your fears - I'll be thinking of you today!

Teamarcia said...

All positive thoughts to you Andrea! I know you can do this. Very stylish new suit!

Giorgio said...

Beautiful picture of you in that kit. Have fun!

Kathy McGroddy-Goetz said...

Hoping you are almost done and have been able to race with a smile on your face!!! I have also had a couple of swim panic situations in the past, you have the right attitude in just trying to relax and focus on something else (I tend to count strokes now as it gives me something to do and keeps me from overthinking). The other thing that has helped me to get my heart rate down is to focus on exhaling, it seems to slow down the breathing/heart rate racing and help me settle in.

LOVE the kit!!!

Have a great day,

Unknown said...

Looking forward to the report!

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great race! Looking forward to the report.

Char said...

Just getting back in after last time is a triumph in itself. You're a champion in my book.