I would read blog posts and tweets of fellow triathlete bloggers daily talking about their swim training and I wondered, "how the heck can they swim in this cold weather?!" I know I sound like a sissy. But I grew up in a tropical country and since I just moved here, I'm still starting to get used to the cold.
That's issue #1 for me...
The ColdWith running, it's the struggle of getting myself out the door during those lazy days. With swimming, it's actually getting myself in the pool. Even in this warm weather, the 71 degree heated(?) pool still seems cold to me. So I sit on the edge of the pool and dip my feet in for about 5 minutes. Then I stand up and go a step down to get my knees in, and then another until the water is up to my thighs. And then finally, I close my eyes and just jump in. Seems like forever! Doesn't that sound weird to you? Haha! That whole ritual probably takes about 15 minutes!
I heard the open water can be really cold during a triathlon so I really need to get used to the cold. A.S.A.P.
Gladly, I only have two issues with swimming but issue #2 is a lot more important than #1...
Freestyle Ain't My StyleI don't know why but as much as I try, I am less exhausted when doing the breaststroke. With the freestyle it seems like my body is struggling, while with the breaststroke, I can swim one whole mile (I actually did) and even think about what I'll cook for dinner or what I'll blog about next while doing so. I am that relaxed with that stroke. Maybe I was a frog in my past life, who knows. *shrugs*
I still do incorporate the front crawl (freestyle) when I train. I know I need to... *sigh*
Just wanted to let this out. It can get frustrating at times and I wonder if others have the same issues as well. I like talking about my weakness but it doesn't mean I feel defeated or I'm giving up. It just makes me feel, well, human. I like talking about my achievements, but I also like acknowledging my weaknesses. Because overcoming them (and I know I will) will be a whole lot sweeter and something a lot better to share later on. And It demonstrates what I know about myself, that I have a clear understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, and what I'm willing to learn.
Obviously, just like in running, the phrase "Suck it up, Buttercup!" also applies to this other sport. Duh! Just my luck. Haha!
What are your issues (big or small) with your sport?