Wednesday, June 4, 2008

You should have seen my wrinkled fingers

I still have a hacking cough. And I still feel like I'm coughing up a lung every so often. And today? I sounded like a frog.

But I wanted to swim so badly. It's been almost two weeks since I last strapped on the goggles and did laps. And I've missed it.

So I packed my bag and went swimming after work, even though I was still coughing.

My training schedule told me I was supposed to do 1,800 yards on Monday. And I intended to do that Monday, but I had forgotten my towel so I skipped that day's swim. Tonight? I was hoping to fit it in.

But I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it. For starters, that would be my longest swim to date. And then there was the whole hacking up a lung, not feeling good thing.

I started swimming though. I didn't go super fast since I'm not feeling the best. And 50 minutes later I touched the wall for the last time. I finished the 1,800 yards. As in 72 lengths of the pool for a total distance of one mile. That's kind of far folks. At least for me it is. When I was done, yes, my legs felt tired. But I wasn't dying. And I still have both lungs inside my body.

It wasn't awful. And I feel good, knowing that I've just covered twice the distance I'll be expected to swim at the triathlon in a month. Because the swimming part? I'll be honest, it's the leg I'm most worried about. But after tonight, it's not quite as scary.


teacherwoman said...

Nice job. Way to get in the pool despite feeling a little under the weather... the clorine will kill all the bad bacteria and cold germs... right?

Anonymous said...

Great job!!! With the training you've been doing, you'll do great.

The swim isn't *too* bad if you can avoid getting kicked by another swimmer, right in the beginning before people start to space themselves out. And it really goes by faster than you would think. The shaky legs after you're done? That's a completely different story :)