Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Drowning....and Running!

<-- Who has two thumbs and looks ridiculous in a snorkel while vacationing? *this guy*

I was going to title this post "swimming....and running" but let's be honest - there was no swimming involved when I was flailing around in the pool. But let me back up....

I'm a runner by practice. Thus, I have a certain level of base fitness and coordination to be able to put one foot in front of the other. Shoot, I've even mastered chewing gum and walking! Little did I know that these skills would apply so little while swimming. (should have known, feet never touch the ground) Thus, on Monday night I was served a bucket of fail with a side of humility.

When I got to the pool, I was greeted by a lovely chap in a skimpy banana hammock speedo. I should have stopped right there, turned around, went to the gym and pretended to know what I was doing with those stretchy rubber bands. Instead, I hopped into water so cold that my giblets shrank to a size that only George Costanza could be proud of and tried to warm up.

Once I got over the shock, I plastered the far too large goggles I bought onto my face and started to freestyle swim: Stroke, stroke, blow air out nose, stroke, suck water in nose, cough, stroke, bring head out of water coughing and snorting.....look around to see if anyone saw.

Awesome.

Turns out I SUCK at swimming. Is there a bubblers class for triathletes? One with a hot instructor (girl or guy, doesn't really matter)? The next 200 M were a combination of me snorting water into my nose and struggling to get a rhythm.

With my ego sufficiently crushed, I decided to damn the doctor and go for a quick run - while still in my swim trunks. On Monday night I ran 1.3 miles with no pain. My first pain-free run since RnR MG. SCORE. My ego was partially saved.

In fact, Tuesday night, I did 10 miles on the spin bike in 30 minutes and then ran 2.5 miles in 20 minutes. That, my friends, is far enough to be considered an 'official' brick workout!

I'm going to go out to dinner with friends tonight, but I am going to try to get another swim session in towards the end of this week. Maybe practice breathing ABOVE water. Until then, I'm SUPER busy with work and therefore am crazy behind on blogs. Hope to catch up with everyone soon!

14 comments:

RunningLaur said...

all in time, grasshopper, all in time. I know there are a few charity based groups that help you train for your first tri. I'll ask around at work and see if anyone knows of a 'hot coach' for you.

Running Through Life said...

Glad to hear the run went pain free, but be careful. You don't want to injure yourself worse.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Pain free is great! Be careful.

As for swimming, breathing is best done when your nose and/or mouth is above water.

aron said...

i SUCK at the pool!!! my friend just signed up for a swimming class for beginner triathletes - maybe look into something like that?

Jill said...

Swimming is the more natural harder sport of the 3 tri's - who in their right mind used to just go to the pool as a kid to swim laps? But we all ran around the neighborhood (oh the days when kids could just wander around and parents weren't freaked they'd be kidnapped...) and we all rode our bikes. Swimming just entailed splashing around and seeing who could make largest cannon ball...so hang in there with the swimming is what I'm saying. Sorry for rambling...I'm a little pre-marathon wigged. Ha. Thanks for all your continued support, it means a lot!! Enjoy the day!!

Psyche said...

OMG, .."a bucket of fail with a side of humility". Love.It. You are so funny!

Ewww, the swimming thing. There was a time when I wanted to do a Tri...

Then I went swimming. Then I bought the Total Immersion book to learn HOW to swim. Then I took that book, with its drills, on vacay and swam in an effing COLD pool.

The end.

Jamoosh said...

Chewing gum AND walking? Damn, I am such a retard.

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
So you broke down and wore a banana hammock:) You are so funny! I am sure that you are better at swimming than me!! I am the worst...not joking! I could never do a tri! Nice work on getting your biking in too!! Woo hoo for pain free runs! Have a good on Adam!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I am a terrible swimmer and your post made me feel afraid to try again! Great job on the run :)

Her Name is Rio said...

Glad to hear you were able to run without pain!

I actually checked out a book about swimming efficiently to improve my technique. Unfortunately, I never made it to the pool to practice. But they suggested adults taking a swim class to encourage regular practice.

Erin said...

I've heard really good things about the orange inflatable floaties kids wear on their arms. I am sure they come in your size. (Spoken by someone that hasn't swam in ten years...)

Glenn Jones said...

Isn't that like a brick? (Bike, run, ick. Yup!) Glad to hear your getting well again!

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inspiREDtorun13 said...

I'm REALLY interested to follow your quest into swimming...BECAUSE...I think at a certain point something does click...and long distance runners can more easily pick up with long swims than people who aren't very active.

I, HOWEVER, have really never reached that "click moment." I think the main reason I don't like swimming all that much is actually that I never got the breathing pattern down.

I've swam enough though that this MIGHT be helpful. When you go for a long run you don't just take off at your fastest pace right? It's the same thing with swimming. When I realized I should relax and take a little more time between breaths/slow down my strokes it got easier. I had the motion down and wasn't going to drown...so I needed to go at a pace I could easily maintain.