Has it been a week already? Actually, it seems like my month should be over. For whatever reason it feels as if this past week has lasted FOREVER. But I digress...today I went for a swim. Judging by how I did during last year's triathlon, it's clear swimming is NOT my forte. In fact, if I could avoid the water all together I would be one happy woman; however, that defeats the purpose of a TRIathlon. There are three components to that race, the first being a 1/2 mile swim. Damn. I HAVE to swim!
You see, I don't particularly like the water. For one thing, I don't like how it feels on my skin right away...it feels like pins and needles are pricking away at me one square millimeter at a time. I just don't like the feeling of water on dry skin. Yes I AM weird.
Secondly, I'm claustrophobic. The thought of being out of breath and having to put my face into the water almost sends me into a panic and I don't like it. So in a general sorta way, I just don't care for the water. BUT...since it's the first leg of the triathlon I have paid for, I need to knock off the whining and get in the water already.
So that's what I did today. I got into the water. Since I opted for the warmer pool, I didn't have the exact 25 meter lengths I was used to, so I just swam until I was tired of swimming any more. What I did enjoy was the quiet that the water gave me. When I did the lengths on my back, my world was silent except for my breathing. I was buoyant and silent; it was almost hypnotic. It was wonderful!
To sum it up, today wasn't exactly balls to the walls like I prefer; instead, it was relaxing, enjoyable, and freeing. I did enjoy the water today more than I ever have. It was beautiful!