Yesterday, despite having semi-sunny weather it was pleasant swimming in the pool. The past few weeks… my swimming sessions have been increasing in distance. The first week of June it was a 900m and then a 1000m session. Last week, it was a 900m and a 1100m session. Well, yesterday, it was a 1463m session! That is just at 0.8 miles and is just one lap short of the Olympic Swim Distance for a triathlon. And the best thing is that I wasn't all that exhausted afterwards. I do know that I slowed down after my 20th lap since it was taking me 45 sec for a lap, after 20 I was closer to a minute.
The exciting part of it was that since swimming this distance wasn't all that bad. I started to think to myself… hmmm 2000m (1.2 mile) is the Half Ironman distance. I could probably do that. I would have to suffer through the bike, but I could finish. I know I would never be close to the age division awards unless there were 3 of us! It just so happens that Oak Ridge has the Atomic Half-Ironman near my birthday in September. Hmmm… that would be ideal. Train all summer (oh wait… the baby) and be ready for race.
More realistically, I should do an Olympic distance this fall… skip the Atomic H-I this fall, but do something like Chickamauga Marathon in the fall, Knoxville Marathon in spring, trideltathon, then the triathlon circuit in the summer to gear up for Atomic Half Ironman Sept 2006. Unfortunately, I would need some new equipment… wetsuit, triathlon shorts, shoes that I just can't afford… too bad I can't get sponsored.