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I, Swim

I swam the full length, freestyle, for the first time last night.

I came up at the deep end to the cheers of Latoya, Paul, and Dan — my support team — at Flood Pool.

On the way home, I heard Faith Middleton interviewing one of my favorite environmentalist writers, Bill McKibben. Only he wasn’t discussing the enviroment.

Apparently he took a year off from that work when he was in his late 30s to train to become a long distance cross country skier. A PRO competitive one. Even though he was just a normal guy before that.

I sometimes wonder what I have in me. Even just as I was finishing that length — one I thought I could never do — I was thinking it. Then, on the radio, here was one of my most trusted voices saying he tried this sport because he wanted to see how far he could push himself, what were his limits.

When Colin said he wanted me to train for a triathalon with him, I laughed. HA! Who does he think I am?

Then I started asking myself that question hmm.

Who do I think I am?

5 thoughts on “I, Swim

  1. As everyone would say, YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂 I’ll have to learn how to swim first before I’d do a triathlon. Meanwhile, I’d love to do a duathlon one of these days just to see where MY limits are and knowing that I can do it too. 🙂

  2. I think that you are whoever you imagine yourself to be: author, teacher, wife, mother, triathlete, …

    1. Jen, I have working on swimming techniques right now, since I basically couldn’t swim a length at all before last night. I have 30 minute lessons twice a week with a couple other people. I am going to start running again (hah, as if I ever REALLY ran before… just once in London when I “trained” for a 5K) in April. And once I get into the groove of the running (hopefully by June or so enough to run a couple miles without dying), then I will start adding a bike ride in when I can. I can run in the morning and swim at night, but the bike rides will have to wait till summer. I am only going to do a sprint tri to start, so I am not that concerned about the bike ride since I did a 60-mile ride two years ago (before everything got ignored for awhile on my body).

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