After the race on Saturday, we spent the afternoon at the pool and it was perfect weather for it. Now for the best part... I learned how to swim! Yep, I can now swim for more than 20 minutes without becoming completely exhausted. Whoo hoo! Thanks to my dear friend who not only lets me borrow her pool but also gives me lessons, I now feel like I could actually swim in public without looking totally ridiculous. I swam for about an hour and I think I was only totally wiped out because of the early morning wake-up call and the heavy lifting from earlier in the day.
I also feel that I am making great progress in physical therapy. My ankle, while still in some pain, has shown improvement in strength and flexibility. I will be working with my physical therapist to determine which races will make sense to prepare for this year. I am hoping for a 50k and a 50-miler, and would also like to run a road race, whether it's a half or full marathon.
Since I was learning to bike and swim I thought to do a triathlon. I am struggling with this decision for so many reasons, but it seems to come down to having to commit so far ahead of time because they sell out so fast. The Classic distance at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon is already sold out and it's still six months away. I would have to commit to the (longer) International distance of a 1.5k swim, 40k ride, and 10k run by putting up my $200 very soon, and I just learned to swim three days ago. That's A LOT of cash to not get back with no option to defer to next year in the case of injury. The second part of the equation is while I'm sure there are plenty of beginners in every event, this is a major triathlon in Los Angeles and I especially don't want to go into the International distance unprepared. Conclusion: I would want to do a Sprint triathlon a month prior to test out my skills - another $125.
Once I pow-wow with my physical therapist, I can make a decision. If I won't be able to start running in the next few weeks (to prepare for Bulldog in August), I'll bite the bullet on the tris, and MAKE myself ready. Having a race on my calendar is just the added pressure I need to push myself!