I haven't worn my wetsuit in over a year. Not at all. I haven't even tried it on! And I certainly haven't tried it in the lake.
But that's not all.
The water is COLD. And I am not good in the cold at all. I remember reading on Swim Bike Mom's blog how she hyperventilated and freaked out when she put her face in the cold lake water for the first time. I can so see that happening to me! So I NEED to practice my open water swim, but it's hard to get it done. I can't go out alone because that's not safe, but my husband works early during the week!
So yesterday after the half marathon, when he asked me what else I wanted to do for my birthday, I broke the news to him: I want to try out my Wetsuit. At the lake. And I need him to come watch me for safety. (He was a lifeguard in high school. It doesn't matter how many years ago that was ----> 27). Because he loves me, and it was my birthday, he agreed!
We drove out to the park and I started the huge task of putting on the wetsuit. This, my friends, is a workout unto itself! Luckily, my husband took pictures!
|This is going to be fun!! Right?!?!|
|Trying to get it up to my crotch! LOL|
|10 minutes later and it's almost on. I'm glad this part doesn't count toward my total time!|
It was finally time to hit the water. Some folks were coming up to the parking lot as we were heading down.
|"Is she going to get in the WATER???"|
|At this point, I'm realizing how cold the water truly is!|
|I'm in the water! The wetsuit truly helps!|
|Getting my arms wet - that was when I squealed because I was so cold! LOL|
I put my face in and while it was very cold, I adapted quickly. Really the only problem I had was that my goggles were leaking, probably due to my hair being up in a different way (2 braids instead of one). Once I got the goggle problem taken care of, I was swimming away!
The wetsuit was very buoyant, which was good and bad. Good that I didn't have to really focus on staying afloat, but bad because I felt weird and it was hard to get my stroke working the way it's supposed to. But I'm sure that will come with more practice. Hopefully I'll be able to get back out to the lake next weekend so get some real practice in. I hope that the buoyancy of the suit will make me faster - I felt really slow and awkward, and I don't have much of a speed cushion in the triathlon's cut off times.
|Nice to know that he's watching over me while I swim! LOL|
|All done and heading back to the shore!|
|Not sure why, but I LOVE this picture!|
|Someone thinks I've lost my mind! :D|
So I'm feeling much, much, much more confident in my wetsuit and in the triathlon! Yes, it's going to be cold and it will feel awkward, but I can overcome it! That's a great feeling!