One more excuse to avoid signing up for my first attempt at a triathlon went away yesterday, when this showed up on my doorstep:
I’m perhaps a couple (~5) pounds over the weight range for this wetsuit, but I’m a sucker for a good deal and I was able to get it on eBay for less than a third of the new price (even though it still had the tags on). It was a struggle to get it on, but I’m assuming all wetsuits are for newbies (this was the second or third time in my life that I’ve put on a wetsuit). Once it was on though, it was relatively comfortable. I even hopped into our swimming pool for a few minutes (although I was too lazy to actually take the pool cover off, so I just peeled back a corner and slid in). I couldn’t believe how much it helped me float! Beyond the warmth, it’s no wonder triathletes wear these things!
I know I don’t technically “need” a wetsuit to do a triathlon, especially in Texas where the water will be warm by the end of summer, but I used my lack of one as an excuse to avoid the sport. So, I’m now down to only one excuse for not signing up to attempt a triathlon:
I’m afraid of water
I’m fine in swimming pools, but I’m not fine in water where I can’t see – which, in this part of the world, is essentially everywhere except swimming pools. I freak out. And it’s bad.
We live less than a half mile from a huge lake. Less than 3 miles from our house is a park with a “beach” and a boat-free cove where a decent number of local triathletes practice their open water swims. A local triathlon club even does open water swims there every single week this time of year. So, I have plenty of opportunities to work on overcoming this fear.
I just need to decide that I want to.