I just got home from another fun Tuesday night race. In spite of the fact that I am officially burnt out on racing, I still enjoy the Tuesday night races, largely because I have no hope whatsoever of doing well, and so there is no pressure. I just hang out in the back, watch what is going on, and get a good workout. I like hanging out in the very back these days because from there I can see clearly what the people up front are doing as they ride around the corners. That way I keep an eye on where Hobgoblin is — and he’s generally up front somewhere, usually winning or in the top five. He’s leading the series by a ridiculous number of points. At this point, I’m much more interested in how he does than how I do.
So my triathlon training is going pretty well, all things considered. My feet don’t protest the running too much, although I run only a very little way. I started with a mile and am all the way up to a mile and a quarter! Yes, it will take me quite a while before I can run a marathon, but I hope to get there one day. The doctor tells me I can increase my mileage by 10% each week or 15% at most, assuming I have no serious pain, so you can see how slow the whole process is.
But the big news in my training is that I am now taking swimming lessons. I can get myself across a pool, and can even do it a decent number of times, but I can’t do it with anything like proper technique, so I decided to get myself some lessons before my bad habits get any further ingrained. My teacher, who was very patient in the face of my occasional incomprehension, gave me some drills to do, and a workout to do on my own, and I’m so happy to have some direction, instead of just floundering around trying to figure out the right way to swim but not really getting it.
My goal is to run and swim three times a week and ride my bike four times a week, or perhaps three if I do long rides. All that is easy to do right now, although it will be more of a challenge when school starts. I had my eye on a September triathlon I thought I might be able to do, but I don’t think I’ll be ready for the running part of it. But that’s okay — if all goes well, I’ll compete in triathlons beginning in the late spring, and that will give me plenty of time to figure out what I’m doing.