This week was yet another crazy week and somehow I managed to get my time in for training. Wednesday my frustration with the swim really showed. I spent the rest of the week trying to ease my mind regarding the swim. It is pretty mental for me at this point. When I heard we only have one more week in the Le Moyne pool I pretty much freaked out. Everything I hear about open water scares me. So my goal is to go with the flow with the swim and trust that the more I practice the more comfortable I will be.
This week's bike ride was at Green Lakes. I was so nervous as I had no idea how long it would take to get there and I didn't want to be late. So I woke up at 5:30 on Saturday and ended up being 20 minutes early. The entire drive to the park it was raining and I tried to convince myself to turn around and go to bed. I hate doing anything in the rain. I hear people talk about how the enjoyed a run in the rain and I wonder...really?? I have this thing about water. I love to look at it. I love the sound of water against the window or waves at a beach. I love to get a tan next to it and I find water to be a great location for taking a nap. And if the water is 80 degrees I am the rare person that is actually thrilled and ready to get in. But I am NOT a fan of cold water. I take steaming hot showers. And I do not enjoy being "attacked" by cold water by running or cycling in the rain. So it would have been very easy for me to not arrive at Saturday's bike ride. I wouldn't have been alone. Much of our team did not show up. But I arrived at Green Lakes ready to ride my bike and get the experience so that if I ever need to ride my bike when it is raining I can say I have at least experienced it before and received instruction from the coaches.
So after hearing how much I detest water you probably are wondering, what is Carolyn doing training for a tri then? I was inspired to do a tri when I ran the running portion of the Syracuse 70.3 last year. Our team was called the Mad Scientists. It was a great atmosphere and it made me want to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I am having a lot of fun training with Fleet Feet even with my frustration with the swim so I know I made the right decision. I have grown a lot these past couple of weeks and that is pretty cool.