I signed up for the Metro Triathlon at the end of last year.
January came around and I began my training, especially for the swim. Every week for the past 4+ months I have spent many hours in the water. I started off barely able to swim 50 yards without passing out. After a few weeks I had to learn all over again because I was breathing on one side only, every second stroke. It felt like I was a beginner swimmer. Finally I was able to swim 100 yards, then 200 and 500 yards. The day came when I swam 3 500's with just a 30 second break in between. I was on cloud 9.
A month ago I went into the lake with my wetsuit for the first time. It was 52 degrees. When I put my face in, I instantly got brain freeze. I don't think I swam with my face in the water that day. It took a couple of trips to the lake to swim with my face in the water. I remember the first day I was able to do it tho, I felt wonderful. Week after week, the water was getting warmer and warmer - 54, 56, 57, 58. I was getting very comfortable with my wetsuit and could go further and further each time, without stopping.
Last Monday I went to swim in the lake and had a horrible day! I could not get more than 100 yards without stopping. I could not get my breath under control. I was so frustrated. I had less than a week until my triathlon, where I need to swim 1500 yards and I can't even go 100 yards without stopping and treading water? This sucks! I went again on Wednesday and had a great swim. I was able to do the entire distance. I went again yesterday and when I was done swimming, I was very excited for my triathlon tomorrow. I told my friend that I no longer had anxiety about the swim. I felt very positive about it.
Then this morning came.
I woke up extra early so I can go to sleep early tonight for my 4:00 a.m. wake up call tomorrow morning. I checked my email and see that the swim portion of my triathlon has been canceled. No swim!!! The water conditions are unhealthy. I am beyond disappointed. I have trained SO hard for this swim and dedicated SO much time to it.
Now we will be doing a 1 mile run, 40k bike, and the 10k run. Not ideal, that's for sure but I will make the most of it and try to have a fun time doing it.
I have other triathlons in the works for the year but this was the one that I was training for, the one that would show me I am prepared for the rest. Oh well, at least my transition area will be a lot easier to set up and I get to ride my bike without a wet head.