This past week…getting back in the water

Registration confirmation for my first sprint tri.

Registration confirmation for my first sprint tri.

About a month ago, our coach gave us the option to either attend a weekend coached workout or enter the Stanford Treeathlon. A short sprint distance local triathlon. Swim 500m, Bike 13 miles and run 3.1 miles. At the time, it seemed like a good idea. Back then Tony, myself and a few other teammates entered the race. But after last weekend’s horrendous 1st open water experience, I was having second thoughts. I was even considered pulling out of the race. All last week I would go thru random moments, when I’d be sitting at my desk at work and would just think about doing the sprint triathlon would get butterflies in my stomach. If I couldn’t swim a short distance lagoon, what more during a race with other swimmers!

On Wednesday, during our coached swim workout, Todd, the mentor that helped me get thru my 1st open water , saw me and said, “ Are you read to get back in there?” . I replied, “Yep, I’m cool with the pool, just not the open water!”. During our workout we did some relays and practiced more snake swimming. Snake swimming is no longer scary as scary as it once was. After being clubbed in the head a few times, I have somewhat learned hang back and avoid the flying feet and crowds.

During this practice one of our Team Honorees and Coach Mike’s wife, Vanessa, mentioned that her friend and a member of last years Team in Training’s Lavaman Winter Triathlon Team,  was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently going thru chemo treatment. It’s always a bummer to hear sad news, but we are praying for her and sending her good thoughts.

Notes for myself for this past week:
Tuesday:  6am light run /bike and night swim at Burgess
Wednesday: Coach worked out,  snake simming & relays
Thursday: Light spinning the trainer
Friday:  Pick up packet for Treeathlon.

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