I'm doing my first ever triathlon on Sunday and I'm beyond nervous mainly about the swim, but I have another issue as well.
The swim is its own beast for me. Growing up, I took swim lessons until I passed the beginner level. I don't know if they ever taught us how to swim different strokes, but if they did I clearly do not remember. And teaching yourself swimming strokes as an adult is hard work! Or, perhaps I am just a really, really slow learner.
I know I won't drown because I can float on my back, but my swimming form can easily be compared to that of a toddler, except I don't wear arm floaties. There are many times I wish I did, though. My goal for the race is to survive the swim. The biking and running part of the race should be fairly easy for me.
In addition to worrying about the swim, I also have this fear that I will be last out of the water and in the race. I have to remind myself that I am trying something totally new, something I have never done before and I should't expect to place high in my age group. But, my mind has been trained to think otherwise. When I first started running, the very first race I ever ran I won. I'm not super fast or anything, but I usually do fairly well in races. I am pretty confident I will be able to pass a lot of people on the run, and maybe a few on the bike, but I am deathly afraid of being the last one in the reservoir.
It also probably doesn't help that I am going into the race without taper at all. So far this week I've ran 27 miles, which averages out to 9 a day. Fresh legs....what does that feel like?
Let's hope I survive so I can tell you the story of my first triathlon.