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A Month Later: We’re Still Swimming

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This post comes from my lovely wife Ellie, who wanted to share an update on her swimming progress. Enjoy!

A little over a month ago, I wrote a post about relearning how to swim. I figured it would be good to give an update and assure everyone that neither of us had drowned yet.

Jon and I try to swim at least twice a week, but it’s more like three times (why do so few people use the word thrice? It’s such an awesome word) a week. Since he is training for the triathlon, he is working on improving his time and stroke and all that fancy stuff. I am working on my stroke, too, but with much less intensity in my eyes. For me, it’s more about the enjoyment of being in the water. As I type that phrase, I am thinking to myself, “You are crazy. You haven’t done this since you wore that hot-pink one piece that turned the water pinkish [about age ten].” I have a history of ear infections and general ear troubles, and swimming has always exacerbated those issues. Unfortunately this meant that the only swimming I could do for a long time was water aerobics (your hair doesn’t get wet, ladies!) and “laps” using a kickboard. My head couldn’t go underwater or my ears would bother me for days or would get infected. Gross, I know.

You don’t have to worry about ruining your new perm!

I missed so many gym classes that I had to do extra credit on top of my kickboard laps. That meant I had to read for gym. Yeah, you read that correctly. I read gym textbooks. I didn’t even know they made those!

Fast-forward over the next few years of little-to-no swimming on my part, and here we are. I found ear plugs that, while they don’t keep out all the water, don’t let enough in to plug up my ears and cause me terrible pain! It seems that that was all I really needed to get me back in the water. Well, that and some confidence to walk around in glorified lingerie in front of total strangers (who you know are judging; who doesn’t?! Honestly.). […]

Four Week Triathlon Review: Thin Tires Help!

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Two weeks ago, I wrote a recap on our training for the upcoming triathlon in August. I hadn’t realized just how difficult, time-consuming, and exhausting training for all three aspects of the race in parallel would be. I am happy to report today that, two weeks later, it is still difficult, time-consuming, and exhausting. But it has gotten a little bit easier.

Green = Complete, Red = Skipped . . . Not bad!


We have been in the pool a minimum three days a week since we got started training. I went from being able to do 500 meters to start to finishing the full 1,000 meters in 35 minutes. On Sunday, I made another great stride and got my 1,000 meter time down to 27 minutes. I am feeling more confident and more capable in the pool, and I think it is a direct result of having spent quite a bit of time working on my technique. I’ve really focused on bilateral breathing and fully committing myself to the front crawl. I can feel my arms getting stronger, and it is making a difference.