Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lap vs. Length

So I posted incorrectly the other day. I said I swam 4 laps without stopping. I really was only able to swim 4 lengths without stopping. My goal is to be able to do 20 lengths, 10 laps without stopping and gasping and feeling like I’m going to die.

I am taking a tri class at my gym NYSC and the trainer is awesome. I have learned so many little things about all three sports. Its been so much fun learning and trying to conquer another sport other than running, especially when I am not supposed to be running. I’ve been focusing more on my swimming because it is the area I lack the most experience. After Susan saw me swim she said, “You’re actually not bad, you just have to feel more comfortable with the breathing”. Not bad, huh! I'll take that! The breathing has had me stumped for at least three weeks. I would do a length and could barely breathe after it. I couldn’t understand how in the hell I could run 13 miles but I couldn’t swim one length of the goddam pool! So I practiced and practiced…while everyone continued to promise that one day it will just click.

Well yesterday, after PT, I went to the pool and snuck a quick workout in before they kicked me out of the pool because of lightning. (I know..that’s weird for an inside pool…I never stuck around long enough for the explanation…if it may kill me…I’m out you don’t have to explain). Long story short…I did 12 lengths…that’s 6 laps without one stop! Now, I know some of you Tri readers are thinking…big whoop! But as Kerrie T would say in her blog-Mom vs. Marathon WooooHooo! I was so happy with goal was to first hit 10 then to make it to 20 lengths. WoooHooo!


  1. Good job Annette. And woohoo, it posted.

  2. I still have a tough time understanding the whole swimming in the pool thing in regards to length and how it equates to miles.
    You reached your first goal in the pool - great job hon!

  3. Heck yes, another woooo girl!

    So awesome! The breathing IS tricky. I was actually thinking about this very subject this morning, when I was running out of breath in the pool. I was is this so hard? LOL. Although, I'm all about thinking I am an expert at something I haven't done in more than 15 years. At some point, you get into a rhythm. But swimming really is a whole different animal than running. And so is biking. I guess that's why tris are so hard!


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