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I've been getting in the pool lately, mostly to try to build some upper and lower body strength without jarring my knees and hips. To that end, it seems to be working. But I'm wondering-- has anyone found a way not to be bored while swimming? If I'm going to get to the point of getting cardio benefit from this, which would be nice, I'm going to have to stop zoning out.
I did my first triathlon this past weekend, and I think I caught the bug. I've been a runner for several years, and after going through almost 2 years of injuries I came to the conclusion that doing running all the time was just too hard on my body. Plus, I wanted to try something new. Now I've always enjoyed running, but I tended to enjoy the "after" part of running more when you drink a beer and eat a lot. But I feel like I enjoyed every second of the actual triathlon competition itself. It may have been the setting - which was in a scenic, rural area and the run part was on wooded trails. But I think I like having the variety of 3 different sports. And surprisingly, I enjoyed the swim the most! I seeded myself towards the back, but it ended up I was a good deal faster than a lot of women in my wave, and got stuck behind a large group of slower swimmers. The cycle would have been more enjoyable had it not been for a mechanical issue (somehow before the race my derailleur got banged up and shifting was not very smooth). I can't wait to do it again! This weekend's competition was a sprint, but my next one is an Oly, so I have a lot of training to do!