Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Learn to do Something New!

Most of you know I decided to do a marathon. It's not until January and the formal training doesn't start until the end of September, so I've got some time until then. In that time I decided to train for a triathlon. It's a sprint triathlon so the distances aren't as long as a full one. Our course is:
swimming 400 meters (.25 mile)
biking 16 kilometers (9.9 miles)
running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)

I didn't really want to do it at first because I'm not a "swimmer." But, then I figured, I'm a "runner" and in pretty good shape, so WHY NOT?

Let me tell you, I am so excited about it! My friend Kiera (also running the marathon) was a "swimmer" in high school so she is showed me the basics. Swimming is challenging! There is so much to it. Sure, if you get from one end of the pool without drowning you could say you swam, but really there are so many little things about it that if you do it all right, it's much easier.

So, I got me some fabulous goggles and now I have to practice. And that's the part I'm really excited about (the practice, not the goggles though those are great too). It's so fun to learn to do something new. As a child, pretty much everything is new. But as an adult, what do I learn new now? Not much. It's refreshing to have a challenge and something I have to work at to improve. It's like my brain has to work in a different way to learn this because it's a physical activity, not like school stuff, like math or history.

I don't know if that even makes sense, but I explained it the best I could. I guess what I'm mostly trying to say is, learn to do something new! And, don't be afraid to do something you've never done before! You might like it!


The Bottjer Family said...

Yeah! I'm excited for you. You'll have fun. I totally love to learn new things, especially challenging myself to new physical activities. Make sure you train in the order of the race because your muscles need to have practice from going from one to the other. What Tri are you doing?

Fiery Jack said...

Well, I'm still afraid of drowning. but good luck!

texas_princess1109 said...

I agree! Thats one of the main reasons I'm doing the triathalon too. And, I'm having so much fun training!

Josh and Elisha Sandberg said...

I'm jealous! I wish I could train with you because I really want to do a sprint triatholon.

Jeff and Kelsey said...

I've done 2 sprint triathalons and loved each one. I wasn't much of a swimmer and ended up swallowing quite a bit of the water in Tempe town lake. Hindsight: training for the swimming is a good thing.

shirley elizabeth said...

Hi Ruthann. Am I allowed to get to know you? 'Cause I'm excited to. I've never been a swimmer (always a runner), but then last year I started swimming with my friend that swam in high school. You're right, it was so hard. Breathing was the hardest for me (becuase I've developed asthma from running), but I got better at it.
Where do you swim? I've only been able to get to the pool a couple times since getting married, but I want to start up again.


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