Absolutely buzzing right now. I can’t stop thinking about how amazing my first club swimming session was last night. Thank you must go to Born2Tri triathlon club for welcoming me. In a hyped up state returning home from the session, even though it was 2300 by this point, I set my alarm ready for an early wake up to go to the local pool. Waking up was not the issue this morning, just the small matter of my legs made of lead.
As with board games, such as Mouse Trap, setting up is not the particularly fun park but the playing and the end result is why you do it. In the swim, bike, run game, at this perceived junction in my athletic career I would describe the swim as purely the set up, the thing you just have to get through before the fun starts.
The actual swimming training was hard. After speaking to the coach, I was asked to join lane two or three. One being the slowest and eight being where Michael Phelps hangs out. I joined lane two, no need to be over confident in ones own ability and then drown. The first half hour was a dream, feeling strong and that I was able to comfortably hold my own. However the moment we entered the second half of the session I was clinging on the feet of the person in front. I will getting dropped quicker than Mark Cavendish when the gradient starts rising.
Having explained that swimming is not a strongly favored actively, my frenzied state of wanting to swim again the next day was a shock to the system. In reality, it is easy to know why I was psyched up. I was for that single hour surrounded by people who were inspiring, committed, focused or any other sporting cliché adjectives. I was where I wanted to be.
Where I really want to be is in lane eight. Do I have the physical gifts and the technique? no, not today. Do I believe I could get through? yes, through hard work and determination. Am I obnoxious enough to believe I will do it thing year? Most certainly not or even the year after or even the year after that, but you have to have goals and targets. The first target is to feel strong for the whole hour and work from there.
So, joining a club is a game changer. Now is the time to roll the dice ( still running with the board game metaphor).
On a completely off topic point, Foals new track, Inhaler, is amazing.