Tuesday, February 01, 2011


The options:

100 laps of 100 every 100 sec. = 10,000
100 laps of 75 every 100 sec. = 7,500
100 laps of 50 every 100 sec. = 5,000

My choice was the 5,000. I did the 2.4 mile swim in the Iron but could I do this? Then I looked at the worst that could happen possibilities. The worst of all would be drowning. I decided that Snips would be in my lane and other friends close by so they would not let that happen. The least of the worst would be that I snuck away from the pool and quit. I knew that once I started quiting was not an option. So after a sleepless night I grab my bags and got to the pool by 7am and prepared for the 730 start.

The photo on the left is of me and my lane-mates and on the right it's me. The time actually flew by. We did 50 laps and then had a 15 minute break. I was starving. I grabbed a bagel and it tasted like a steak dinner. Quickly it was time to jump back in and finish the other 50 laps. There was load music playing. In the few seconds rest between laps, we sang and danced. Before I knew it there was under 10 laps to go. I was getting tired but not ready to stop. The 5,000 was within my reach. With a pool-wide "Woohoo" , we finished the 100 laps. Alot of high five's and big smiles could be seen all around.

After a shower, many of us headed out for a beer and burger to celebrate! I can't beleive it--5,000. My confidence had a big boost and a great deposit in the IM training bank.

Waddling with sore shoulders.................


Joe said...

A big WOOHOO!!! Way to go!!

And with the snow storm bearing down, I can't even imagine all that swimming!!

Good job...keep taking a step at a time!!

IronSnoopy said...


I know I can run until I drop. I know I can ride until the wheels fall off. I didn't know if I could swim. I imagine you felt the same way. There's an inner smile that comes from accomplishing something that scares the crap out of you.

Awesome job, Waddler!