Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I'm White...and Some Swimming Stuff
Without a tan, I just don't feel quite right. Kind of like my friend up there. Something is missing.
I've never been someone who goes to tanning beds on a weekly basis all year round or anything that regular, but I've definitely used them in my time and I've always been a sun baby in the summer months. I'm used to my skin being at least a little tan year round.
Last year I found out I had squamous cell cancer on my leg... and now I'm white. I'm so white that I can see my age spots, that I never even knew I had. I can really see the sun damage to the elasticity of my skin and I'm feeling a bit like that cat...not just that something is missing (my tan) but that I've gained something...a LOT of wrinkles!
My point? Don't have one. I just miss being tan. Silliness it is! But here's to a life filled with SPF50 while I'm out swimming, biking and running! I hope you'll join me in my SPF safety!
Speaking of swimming...
I started my triathlon journey as a non-swimmer. I could tread water in the ocean and always "thought" I knew how to swim but my first trip to the pool and not being able to make it one length without feeling like I was dying was an eye opener! So...TNT taught me to swim. They taught me so well, in fact, that it's probably my best leg of the race. I'm a top of the middle of pack swimmer in my age group. How's that for average? I'll take it!
I have two swimming goals this year. I would like to drop 2 minutes off my swim leg at Pac Crest and I think that it is totally doable. The other goal is less about the race and more about becoming a better swimmer and stepping out of my comfort zone. I've refused to this point to work on my breathing. I breath every other stroke. I don't practice breathing on my left side... as it annoys me. I don't try taking more strokes before taking a breath... because it annoys me. I like to do how I do it because I'm free to let my mind wander, pretend I'm a fish and not think...but I think it would only help me to work on these things and really do my drills this year...'cause doing what I've been doing is perfectly good and getting me average results, but I'm in the mood to push myself and maybe move up a notch on this leg of the race...so here's to being a faster and more efficient fish :-)
I received some correspondence from the TNT Oly coach yesterday:
Coach Beez: Good evening Julie,
I didn't see your name on the team's roster this year. Which Pac Crest distance are you joining this season?
Me: The 1/2 again!
Coach Beez: Awesome!! (coach) Glen is going to be broooo-tal this year.. hee hee
ya...hee hee hee diddly hee...Bring it!
Posted by A Prelude To... at 8:57 AM