Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I was constantly watching the clock yesterday at work. I know that I drove everyone nuts with my excitement. Today was my first swim lesson. My first step to a triathlon. Holy Shit!!!!! I said it---Triathlon.

I got off work early. I ran home ,packed a bag, changed . Off I went. I was there 30 minutes early. I sat and watched people swim laps in the pool. They were all so smooth and coordinated. Can I do this ? I almost ran out the door. I am not afraid of the water. I am very uncoordinated.

The clock hit 5pm. I am about ready to pee my suit. The name of my class is Ripples. There are 6 of us in the class. 2 in their 30's, 1 person 40 and 3 of us in our 50's. Good group! The instructor was very nice and said she would make sure that we all went at our own pace. Immediately I was singled out becasue I was the only one smiling and excited. I felt like I was 5 on the first day of kindergarten.

We went through stages.
  1. Head under water bobbing

  2. Breath holding

  3. Front Float

  4. Back float

  5. Back float with flutter kick doing laps.

  6. Side float with flutter kick doing laps.

Nancy and I made it through all 6. I ended up doing about 10 laps with the side and flutter. I can't believe it! I am going back and forth in a pool. I am so excited to practice for next week.

All was good until after my shower. The room was spinning alittle. I made it to my car and started driving home. OMG. I'm motion sick! How can that be. It felt so good. As I am driving , I called home to see if we had any Dramamine at the house. I barely made it home. I grabbed 2 and knocked myself out for the night. I feel great today. I am anxious to get back in the pool and see how I do. Any ideas are appreciated!!

SWIM : 45 MIN.

Waddling and queasy.............


Spandex King said...

It will take time, but it will come. You already have the fitness, now you just need to learn the stroke. My buddy learned to swim and did an Ironman in the same year. Good Luck!!

21stCenturyMom said...

Yay!! I'm glad you enjoyed your first day in the pool. I didn't realize that you really are starting from scratch. It's very admirable of you to get in there and go for it and yes - you will be doing a triathlon next summer. Wheee! You'll love it - I know you will.

Joe said...

Wow, what a cool class!! Kiddie swimming for big people!!! You go the head of the class! You'll be over the fear soon. Way to go!!!

Glub, glub, glub :-)

Vickie said...

Not really sure myself, since I am having the same problem lately. They have those motion sickenss bracelets. Maybe that will help? I've been thinking of getting one too. I do think all the excitement and pumped up adrenaline added to your problem, and you did say you were borderline diabetic? That could be the main problem right there. I think my problem comes on when I don't eat something before a workout. Experiment, but be careful after class if you are feeling dizzy. Its nice that you have such a class to help you get your feet wet!

Vickie said...

Oh, I forgot. I hope you eventually enjoy swimming as much as I do. If nothing more, it is a great relaxer.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

wow! you really jumped in and did it.

i think i mentioned before, i could not even swim across the pool when I started (still less than 2 yrs ago) and it took me a month to swim across the pool ONCE.

you ROCK!!

Duane said...

Way to go! And yes, you said Triathlon - very, very cool!

Reluctant Penguin said...

Impressive..... very impressive.
If you do the Sylvania Tri next summer, I might actually leave my cave to watch. Congrats on a great start.

Dori said...

Isn't it great when we can experience something new? I'm excited for you!

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