Friend Karen from the St Louis Triathlon Club suggests I should replace my prior list of stupid reasons I use to skip swimming with a list of reasons why I should. Well, I never throw anything away, but there are things that can get me up and going.
I’ve never had problems getting motivated for an open water swim. I guess I’d be happier if the St Louis metro area had more lakes and fewer pools. I guess heated lakes would be nice during the winter…
- (Karen’s suggestion, and really the only one that’s really needed) If I want to race I must train.
- I like smelling like chlorine throughout the day, it reminds me that I did something.
- I give up too much time in the swim in my age group. If I could get to the point of being merely average in the swim, I’d be an awesome force. Yup, me and Ozymandias.
- I owe the swim volunteers at races a break: if I swim faster they can go home earlier.
- I cannot even think of doing a full Ironman until my swim time decreases. I would be flirting with the two hour 20 minute cutoff.
- After 100 yards in a pool, I don’t feel like quitting.
- After 600 yards in a pool, it’s actually not so bad.
- The feeling that I get as I’m looking at the line on the bottom of the pool: “you know, not everyone can do this”.
- There are races on my bucket list – like Escape form Alcatraz and Superiorman – that I can’t do until I swim faster because exposure becomes an issue.