January 8, 2008

First Swim

I swam Sunday for the first time since 24 HOT.

I was nervous about it, afraid that anything and everything I have learned over the last couple of years about swimming would be gone - ya know, use it or lose it right... But with the nervousness came a little excitement that by jumping in the water and starting to work on my weakest event, I was in a way committing myself to and beginning training for Ironman.

It's a good thing the water was in the mid 80's because if it at all felt cool I might have just climbed right out and headed for the steam room. But it felt good, and I felt good.

Oh it wasn't pretty.

Take an ugly inefficient stroke and give it a 3 month break and what happens? It gets uglier and more inefficient.

But it was easy at least. I swam 5 x 150 then a 250 and stopped for time constraints rather than fatigue restraints. This was definitely a satisfactory result for me - after all it was less than a year ago when I still couldn't swim a 1000 yards straight.

And with this swim I commence Ironman training.

It feels good to be back!

8 comments:

stronger said...

If the water temp drops below 80F, you could always wear your wetsuit...

rocketpants said...

Good to be back in the pool i'm sure! I missed the decision to do the IM. Another year, i'm sure another set of adventures.

Matt said...

Good to hear someone else hasn't been in the pool for a while either. I tried to go yesterday at 6AM, but discovered I left my trunks at the house. Spent time on the dreadmill instead. Good luck in getting your stroke back.

RunBubbaRun said...

So I guess that means you are doing IM this year instead of Comrades?

Always good to get started back again. Have fun in the pool..

IronJenny said...

Welcome back, Phelps.
;-)

Triteacher said...

YAHOO! You're in the game, dv!

Benson said...

I'm right there with ya bratha. Starting IM training is a good thing.
Great photos of your vacation in Steamboat. LOVE THE SNOW!

TJ said...

congrats on getting back at it.