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.



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Living in the Hudson Valley of New York State, at age 40 (almost 41), I had a health scare and had to make serious changes in my eating and exercise habits. This is the story of how, I went from Morbidly Obese to being a Marathon Runner and ran 12 marathons in 12 months. After I ran several more, I did something I never imagined possible: I am an Ironman.

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