Time to Swim – Really

This pool would become my nemesis.  How hard can swimming be?  I’ve run dozens of marathons.   I’ve run them several weeks in a row.  Me – the guy who was a cheeseburger away from a heart attack thinks nothing of running 26.2 miles.  Swimming – piece of cake.

So this morning at 6 AM, with my work colleague who had been prodding me to swim (ya know, since I was going to do Ironman in about 4 and a 1/2 months), jumped in this lap pool with me.

I nearly sank.  I could not swim a lap without stopping.  Swimming is COMPLETELY different than running.  Not even close to the same thing.  “So, (we asked the lifeguard), how many laps to a mile?”  YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THE ANSWER!  72.  There are 72 laps to a mile and Ironman is 2.4 miles.   I would need to swim 173 laps for the Ironman distance and I cannot swim one without stopping.

Oh and the worst part, Ironman costs $750 and I was already signed up.  My only choice: swim more.