I wasn't into athletics much when I was younger. I did do a couple of years of marching band, which was fun. Otherwise, I didn't do too much as far as exercise goes (and it shows).
A few years ago, I decided to try doing a 5K. I talked my best friend into doing it with me. I liked that it gave me a goal to work towards and that I was helping to support a charity too. Race day came and we walked most of the way, jogging as we could. At the end, we both agreed that we would be doing more in the future. We have, indeed.
This year I decided to step it up a notch and do a half marathon. He will be doing it with me. It's in a few weeks, and I hope it will go well. I've also been wanting to do a triathlon (run, bike, swim) for a while now.
One big problem, however, is that I am not a good swimmer. I had a few lessons as a child, which landed me squarely in the realm of "Able to Keep From Drowning". Since I decided that next year's big challenge will be a triathlon, I figured I better start practicing.
I went to the gym tonight at 1 am. Yes you read that right :) I'm quite the night owl. It was nice that for at least a while, there was no one else in the pool area. I'm not that shy about being at the gym anymore, but it was still nice to not have any witnesses for my first effort after years of not swimming.
I decided I would do 5 laps to start. I went in the left lane, which was helpfully marked "Slow". The first lap was rough as I tried to figure out how to swim again. It slowly got better. I almost stopped after 3 laps, but told myself to keep going. I made it to 5 and decided to go an extra one.
It will take me a long time to learn how to swim well. One stroke at a time!