I’m going back and forth trying to decide if I should move from the Olympic Distance Triathlon to the Sprint Distance in July.

I’m fine with the biking and running distances but the thought of the swim portion is freaking me out because I didn’t have very good experiences in the water at either of my triathlons last year and the Olympic Distance is double the Sprint Distance.

I’ve signed up for a swim class that starts in March (which means I’ll miss the last two speed skating classes of the season–shakes fist at having to make decisions about these things). But honestly, I JUST DON’T KNOW.

The thing is, if you get tired when you’re running you can walk.

If you get tired while you’re biking, you can stop pedaling or slow down the pace.

If you get tired while you’re swimming you’re still in the middle of a fucking lake.

Anyway, I’m waffling and that’s no fun when there’s no maple syrup involved.


p.s. This picture seriously cracks me up every time I look at it.

Not caring what you look like when you race in a triathlon?

Nailed it.

swimming 2




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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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7 Responses to Waffling

  1. Emily says:

    Your call. I say do what you want to do depending on your goals!

    Last year my goals were to do a sprint to open the season then build to an olympic. This year it’s to do three sprint races and focus on speed. I know I’ll have more fun trying to get better at the shorter distance than slaving away to build my enduracne for an Oly finish.

    Do what you wanna do.

    PS swimming’s my jam but open water is still daunting. :)

  2. Tiffany says:

    I say go with the Oly! You still have lots of time to prepare.

  3. Laura B. says:

    “You’re still in the middle of a fucking lake” is my new favourite line ever.

  4. Keith says:

    I’d stay stick with the Oly. As Anne said, there are ways to rest. A wetsuit is very buoyant. Plus, just waiting a moment and letting all the keeners get out in front of you will reduce the thrashing at the start. I’m amazed you have a problem with a swim start compared to what happens in speed skating what with the razor sharp knives attached to your feet.

    • Sharon says:

      Keith, because I’m the slowest in the class so I’m always at the back of the pack in speed skating. Except when they lap me and then I just sort of cower until they all pass me again : )

  5. Anne Green says:

    Sharon, there are ways to “rest” in the water too. You can do the jelly fish float, breath and do the jelly fish float again. That works well in choppy water, you can float on your back for a while… ask you instructor for some ideas! It’s not the same as sitting on a park bench but sometimes you just need a few minutes to catch your breath and gather your thoughts. You can do it! Good Luck!

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