My headlights seem dim this morning as I drive to the YMCA for my continued swim training. It’s 5:48 a.m., so maybe what is dim are my eyes. They’ve only been open for 25 minutes and are still protesting.
Fifteen minutes later, I greet Sheila, my swim coach, as we stand on the brightly lit pool deck. She has a big smile on her face and rubs her hands together as she says, “Today we get to have our second swim test!” This means she watches, while I complete as many laps as fast as I can in 10 minutes. I can’t help but crack a smile as she knows I prefer the drills and talking about technique over continuous swimming.
For a month-and-a-half, I have devoted 85 percent of my triathlon training to swimming. I have grown to like it and almost prefer it over biking and running. At least I like it on the days I feel successful in the pool. Biking is easier. Running is easier. Swimming is what will make or break my triathlon. I know that training for the swim is something I have to do or else I will fail as an Ironman.
Week after week, pictures and reports come across my desk at Feeding The Nations of kids and families whose lives are on a pivot. They must spend 85 percent or more of their day looking for food. Their lives depend on it. They have no option to “grab the edge of the pool,” if you will. They can’t take a break from the day-after-day grind of trying to survive.
I’m so excited and challenged to be doing this Ironman triathlon. My hope is that doing it will promote awareness of the difference that can be made and to raise $20,000.00 that can provide 400,000 meals to hungry people around the world and here in the US.
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