Yesterday was an AWESOME day. It was another beautiful day in the CHI and I somehow managed
thanks to hubby doing toddler duty to fit in a run and a swim!! I met up with a few F’N Runners to run 3 miles in the Hickory Hills extension. Here is the 4:30 group: Wayne, Kathy & Me with Susan behind the camera.
It was hot
as hell but a few raindrops started to fall as we were getting ready so I threw on a hat to shield my eyes. Then it never did rain, which would have been nice to cool off the temps a bit. We just did an easy 3 miles, which wasn’t so easy between the hills and the heat but we put it in the done column. We also saw a ton of F’N Runners on the trail as there was also an early bird meet up for those who could start at 3:30. I really do love seeing so many friendly faces on the trail. I also met a triathlete named Kim who I am hoping will eventually join us for some fun runs! Email me, Kim!!!
After the run, the real fun began as it was THE day that I was scheduled to get
my ass back in the pool. To be honest, I haven’t been in the pool since the completion of the Great Illini Challenge 70.3 in September of 2008. To be honest, I would never get in the pool again if it weren’t for triathlon. To be honest, YES, I love triathlon that much that I got a tattoo forced myself to get back in the pool. So after a long pregnancy/baby break for Mr. Michael, I feel as if the family he is now mature enough for me to get back to what I really love. And it all starts in the pool (stock photo, not me):
So that I can make it to the start line:
I knew it would take a little acclimation to get back into the swim. I’m not a fast swimmer but somewhat consistent and my major goal for this season is bilateral breathing. This will be very beneficial in
hopefully helping me swim straighter, more efficiently and allow me to be more flexible when the water is rough as I will be able to breathe on whichever side has less wake.
In order to facilitate some of these new goals, I got a small group together for a beginner swim clinic with a young lady I know who first and foremost is an awesome person, but who also swam competitively in High School and is a former lifeguard. Thanks, Jackie! This forced my accountability and made me dig out my swim gear when I would have been content to put off swimming for a “couple” more months. It was a joke at the pool that my swim gear was so old that everyone was surprised my google straps weren’t dry rotted. When I took my goggles out of the box, they were in fact in intact. Well, they lasted most of the session before the straps broke. The new blast of chlorine did not agree with their age. So apparently I need new goggles. Ok.
Well, then the real “giggle” was when I got out of the pool and realized that my TRI top which was fine when I got into the water had basically disintegrated in the chlorine. Thankfully, there was a solid panel in the front, and the “issue” was with the mesh on the sides and back. The mesh DID NOT hold up to the new blast of chlorine either and when I got out fo the pool the top was VERY threadbare. Thank goodness for my new Team Tough Chik TRI top which just arrived, and does NOT have mesh panels!
I basically filled the garbage can at the pool with about half of the gear with which I started. Good times and thank goodness for solid front panels in TRI tops.
Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction?
Last call for the Aspaeris Pivot Shorts winner Bridget Walters. If you know Bridget, tell her to contact me soon or I will have to draw another winner.
Happy TRIing, Amanda – TooTallFritz email@example.com