|A couple of weeks ago I went from being a (reasonably) accomplished runner…
… to a baby triathlete.
And it’s been one of the most amazingly enriching decisions I think I’ve made in my life. So far it’s been rather frustrating, full of very early mornings and aching muscles and, yet, I doubt I’ve ever felt so motivated. I read the books, I read the magazines and online forums, took it all in and decided to attack it like I did for running, head on and keep on going while it’s fun and till I’m satisfied and then… then it will be time for another adventure.
Run, I can do. Cycle, I do that every day. Cycle and then run, it’s hard but I’m working on it. Swimming fast? Eeekkkkk. I’m working on my swimming and that means learning how to swim the front crawl from zero. We’re talking about learning how to kick properly, how to take long glides, how to attempt not to drown while taking a breath and, most importantly, how not to go back to breaststroking the moment it gets too hard. The last part? It’s very hard. I like comparing it to speaking English in Finland, it’s just so much easier than trying to make myself understood in Finnish but if I don’t practice, I’ll never get there*. And so stubbornly I head to the pool at 6:05am a couple of mornings per week, sometimes in the evening also and I try to get those kicks to help me propel at least a tiny bit! As I see it, it gets me out of bed in the morning and in the evening I stay a bit longer and have a sauna… so it’s worth it.
Actually there is no real point to this entry besides trying to make up excuses as to why I’ve been rather bad at updating and all of that stuff. So much pseudo-productive stuff to do during my free time that all the other would-be-productive stuff goes out the window.
* yesterday a lady at the store asked me to grab a thing on the shelf for her because she couldn’t reach it and I actually understood what she wanted, that made me feel a tiny bit proud. Not the biggest of accomplishments but it’s something.
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