>> Wednesday, February 27, 2013
• ONE: I need to work on my kick. I've always known I have a "triathlete's kick." That means "I don't HAVE a swim kick because I want to keep my legs fresh for the bike and the run." I STARTED working on it about a year ago, but I need to do more. In a swim meet, I need to use my legs more!
• TWO: I should have swam more than just the 50 and 100. But I was too scared to sign up for more. But even after my first event, I knew I could have / should have done more. Next meet, I'll (probably) try the 500. Or even the 1000. I WON'T try the 200 right away because I've heard that's like the 800 in track: too far to "sprint" all the way, but not far enough to fall into a nice rhythm.
• THREE: Swimmer's AREN'T jerks. I was afraid that I'd be an outsider because I'd never done a meet. But nobody cared. Everyone was helpful and friendly. No one was walking around like "I'm in the zone; don't f*cking talk to me."
• FOUR: Girl Scout cookies are fine to eat between races. I brought my box of shortbread cookies and snacked on them with Julia and Dominique between my 2 races. Totally acceptable. I'll do that again. (I also had a Powerbar.)
• FIVE: It's possible to hurt your testicles AND your penis while diving. When I posted last week about learning how to dive off the blocks, I noted that I beat-up my testes a bit. Well I forgot to mention something in my race report on Monday. I said that my 2nd race started with a bit of a better dive, but I STILL landed a little awkwardly on the water. I didn't hurt my testicles, but I DID hurt the base of my penis. The beginning of the shaft of my penis must have slapped the water in my 2nd dive, because it was a little sore post race. In fact, Aaron greeted me shortly after I got out of the water, and I said "I think I kinda landed on my d*ck with that dive..." Not cool. It's better than hurting your balls (for the record), but still not cool. It was still a little red when I hit the showers an hour later.
Oh, one last thing.... Remember this?...
(From my race report on Monday)
1. There were a few that said:
"Congrats for trying your first swim meet!"
2. There were a few MORE that said:
"I've done a number of swim meets, and I STILL dive like that. So don't worry about it!"
3. And there were EVEN MORE that said:
"My 9 / 10 / 11 year old boy / girl is faster than you! Ha!"
And sometimes the truth hurts.
And sometimes it's majorly damaging to a 31-year-old's ego.
Click here for my race report if you missed it.