When I first started this blog almost 10 (!) years ago, I was reading A LOT of blogs by triathletes and hoped that eventually I would be one of of those super fit people regularly posting race reports and just being generally awesome and sportsy. And there have been some race reports on this blog, but honestly I’ve spent the last 10 years mostly doing non-athletic things. They are good things — having and raising babies, getting my PhD, moving multiple times, growing my career — but I’m clearly not the person right now that 30 year old me was hoping I’d be, in terms of the athletic pursuits. In the last two years, I’ve done exactly one race — a pitifully slow 5K that I literally limped my way through thanks to a nasty case of plantar fasciitis.

I know that I am 100% more likely to try to make time for exercise if I’m training for something, so I’ve got a race on the books for the summer. I’m in training for an open water swim race again, something I haven’t done in nearly four years. The race is in 2.5 months and I just don’t know how ready I am going to be. I’ve been trying to get to the pool at least three times a week, but the race is 2.1 miles and my longest swim so far has been about 1.25 miles and I definitely didn’t end that swim wishing I could do another mile.

I’ve done it three times before but I can’t seem to find any records that I kept about how I actually trained for it, so I can’t remember how my training was going at this point last time. I know that I’ve never started that race feeling like I had done enough training, but I’ve been able to finish 3/3 times, so that’s encouraging.

I should probably go to the pool.

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