After seeing this story, I decided it was time I needed to get back to swimming with the Masters group of the Nashville Aquatic Club. I took roughly a year between my initial contact with NAC and the actual getting-into-the-pool with them. That was last fall. I hadn't practiced with them since March of this year. I am one of those people that needs a group or at the very least a training partner to give me some true accountability, so I've signed up with NAC Masters as a proper member. I think I even get a shirt out of the deal.
I felt better in the water than I thought I would, but part of that was because I was wearing fins. But there's something indescribably great about being in the water.
It's funny, when I first started doing sprint triathlons, the run was the part of the race that I liked least. But for the past few sprint triathlons--which came after I had returned to marathon running--the run was surprisingly easier than I'd ever remembered it to be. So now I want to get that same great feeling during the swim leg of the triathlon.
My enthusiasm to get back into race shape is unfortunately unencumbered with facts of time and space. It occurred to me this morning that I have less than 10 weeks to get into shape for a 25K trail race. What's more, I signed up for a 12K race the week before that...not remembering that I've signed up for a 10K trail run the week after the 25K.
The other math I ignored before signing up for these races: My BMI is 29.5. A BMI of 30 is considered obese. Someone needs to lay off the pretzels.
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Despite two deferrals, I'm thinking I may have to punt on the Mississippi Blues Marathon next January. I will be in the third week of student teaching, and I'm not sure I can get to Jackson and back and be in any kind of shape to be on my feet the Monday after. Although...although...I will have had a decent training run--a 25K trail run--a month before the race, and my oldest son will still be on Christmas break. And he could drive his broken-down old man back to Tennessee on the 11th. Hmm...
It only took running a 5K this past Saturday to find how far out of shape I'd let myself get this summer. Really, I ran a 10K on Memorial Day and probably haven't run five times since then. Our family moved, I took a heavy academic grad-school load, but really, a trifecta of bad nutrition, neglecting workouts, and sleep deprivation have made me even fatter & slower.
Sigh. I just got an email from a company that says it's my last chance to order pictures from a certain half-marathon. The problem is that I ended up punting on that race. So unless half-marathons are getting bandited (unlikely), there will be no pictures with my race number on them.