I went swimming in a mom suit and didn’t die!

by lachicaruns on

Quick post to share that I went to a swim class and, if the only photo I was able to take is any proof, it left me a bit deranged.

I snuck this picture in the changing room after making sure no one else was around, but I heard the door open and there was no time for retakes.

Back to the swimming. I am still benched from tearing my calf muscle, so I haven’t run in more than a month. And it’s driving me more than a little loopy. Sure, I’ve been riding the Peloton bike (love me some Cosby Rigby and his Latin music class!) but it’s just not my thing.

A friend (hello, Michelle M.) has been suggesting I try a triathlon because, well, because we tend to make bad choices together. Michelle actually did her first 50K with us in September.

So, I checked out some local tri teams and settled on Court One because they have an evening class on Wednesdays that I can actually take.

It. Was. Hard.

I was breathless after swimming 25 yards (I think it was yards), let alone doing it over and over. I did it in what we called a frog swim when we were kids. Then the coach gave me some pointers and had me work on my kicks, arm strokes and, at last, putting my face in the water.

We used both a yellow kick board and some sort of foam floatie that goes between your legs. I was breathless every single time. In fact, the coach’s 11-year-old was having lots of fun lapping me over and over. And she wasn’t even trying!

In the end, I felt like I got a great workout, the water wasn’t as cold as I was expecting and I didn’t die.

So, I plan to go back. Still deciding about the rest of the tri team training, since we do have the bike st home and I prefer to run outside with my friends.

So, swimmers: any tips? What kind of goggles do you like? How can I keep my hair from getting wet despite wearing a cap? Do I really need a proper Speedo or can I keep wearing my mom suit?  (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

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Michelle M

I’m so proud of you!! I have 2 favorite brands of goggles: Gaoge and Agends. Both reasonably priced and available on Amazon.
Your hair will always get wet. 😔. The cap is moreso because they are required in the Tri so the lifeguard can easily spot you and know what distance you are doing. 😉

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