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.