Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Swimming Blind

I decided not to wear my contacts today because my eye was bothering me. That probably was because I hadn't taken them out in about two weeks. I know, I know, I could get an eye infection, eye ulcer, blah blah blah. I really need to look into getting Lasik....this whole taking the contacts in and out thing just doesn't suit me. I need to schedule an eye appointment pretty soon anyways so I'll talk to my eye doctor when I do.

ANYWAY, my not wearing my contacts resulted in me having to swim practically blind. For anyone who wears contacts or knows anything about prescription strength, mine is a -6.50 which I'm pretty sure is almost legally blind. Paul assured me that this would be good practice for Belews Creek because I wouldn't be able to see in the lake. I was concerned about running into the side of the pool but I managed to make it through the swim without doing so! I did however snag my watch on the lane divider which was NOT a good feeling. That was during the time that I was sharing a lane with Paul and the force of him swimming near me pushed me into the divider, LOL.

I did 750 meters in 20 minutes which is great for me! Well I'm assuming it is great, I hadn't actually ever timed myself before. It seemed like a good time considering I just REALLY started swimming a couple of months ago. I'm excited about my progress in the pool and I know that I can be soooo much better, I probably just need some coaching.

Also, I signed up for the Belews Creek Triathlon so that makes it official. I must get in shape and get ready for this triathlon. I'm going to start putting together a real plan soon....maybe this weekend. I have to gather some information because I was looking at some beginner plans online but I feel like I'm more advanced than that so I need to explore some other options. I'll keep you posted.


Paul said...

There are some advantages to being bigger. I didn't even notice you there.

Dena said...

Wow--you ARE blind. I get Lasik on Thursday and will let you know what I think.

Meanwhile... so admiring of your swimming! Congrats on your progress.

This is me.... said...

I was about as 'blind' as you are and had Lasik last year. You should definitely consider it. It was well worth the money (and most cafeteria plans will let you use the money for it).

Congratulations on going for the triathlon. I loved seeing your progress as you worked towards the marathon and now look forward to seeing you work toward this goal. You are an inspiration!

Any running tips for me as I embark on a quest to complete a half marathon in March?