The Journey Starts
Sleep in the corner of my eye. I wake up…though the alarm’s repetitious pulse and unnatural racket that commonly signals a day’s beginning hasn’t sounded yet. A sixth sense tells me that I should be alert because it has happened again. I didn’t pay enough attention when setting the time. The alarm was set for 4:45 p.m. instead of a.m. It is now 5:05 a.m.
A car deserves a gold star
I run a mental check, swimming trunks on; farmer’s tan, yes; morning sprint to the car – no problem.
The directions – I’m thankful I used Google Maps last night to glance at the directions to the swimming pool. Mental dialogue ensues as my aged car turns on like a grumpy old man woken from a nap, “Exit 17, wait – are you sure it was 17…something hill road right?”
Arlington to McLean, Spring Hill in fact – that was quick. It is now 5:28 a.m. Well done car.
Thursday Swim Practice Begins.
Introductions and pleasantries are over. The first Thursday swimming practice quickly commences. Another mental check, make sure swimming trunks are tied tightly, mooning the swimming coach is not a good idea.
The trunks are tight. Swimming laps and listening to feedback are my priorities. Rotate hips and turn your head to the side to breathe properly. Breathe on every stroke or at most, every third. I have work to do.
Practice is over – time to go home and shower for work. It is 6:30 a.m.
Today was not a normal day when I look back at the recent or distant past. I am participating in the Nation’s Triathlon in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on September 13, and my official team training started this morning.
Looking forward, I have embarked on a journey where I will undoubtedly swim, bike and run many miles in preparation for my first triathlon. I have run distance races including a marathon and learned that the feeling of finishing an endurance event is amazing. The sense of pride in you can often become overwhelming, surprising and a thrilling chapter in a storied life.
I will update this blog often with my training progress. I hope you find something worthy of reading, or perhaps commenting on.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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