The “dark side” has been calling… and I finally answered.
I admitted in my relay race report that I left the event feeling like I had caught “the bug.” I thought maybe the urge would subside, but it only intensified. Suddenly I found myself scouring race websites, scoping out pool schedules and going out to buy a cap and goggles.
There are two great pools very close to work with a convenient schedule offering lane swims every weekday morning and noon, which is going to make it a lot easier to add swimming to the routine. And, of course, I have already been doing some cycling.
I hit up the pool yesterday morning for my very first swim! I kept it super short (350m) since I just wanted to test the waters, so to speak, but it felt really good. I didn’t get winded or need to take breaks like I thought I would – thank you running for cardio fitness! I am pretty clueless about form, but I do know the basic concept of front crawl and I know I can work on technique once I establish some endurance.
I’ve been going over my training schedule and trying to figure out where to add swimming and biking. I am having some trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of dropping my run mileage, but I know I need to and have to remember that the addition of cycling and swimming will also make me a stronger runner.
I’m still working on the logistics and will likely take it one week at a time for now. My goal is to incorporate three swims and three rides per week. This should be fun!
As for the question everyone has been asking: