600 yards is a start…

“Swim tonight?” asked my friend Jessica via text message earlier today.

“You going to swim with us tonight?” texted Lora shortly after text #1.

My friends know me all to well.

Oh – alright. I guess I’ve put it off long enough. All year long to be exact. In fact, the few TRIs I did this summer were cold turkey as far as the swim was concerned.

But – now that I’ve gone and signed myself up for Ironman Canada, I need to make an effort in improving the area I’m weakest in. The swim.

I also had no excuse as Jessica offered to pick me up. She arrived to get me at 8:20 tonight and we headed into town. The YMCA. Jessica and Lora are both members, so I was planning on paying the $10 drop-in fee, but the nice guy working the front counter, Sean, offered me a free pass for the week. Score!

My Speedo suit came out of hibernation. As did my cap and goggles. I officially had no excuse other than to get in the pool and get to swimming. So – that’s what I did!

600 yards later — I was still feeling great and was so happy I didn’t need to use my pull buoy. Mind you, I’m still slow as molasses, but I intend to work on improving my time in the next 10 months.

I’d say tonight was a success! Thanks Jessica and Lora for getting my butt to the pool!

Ironman Canada – Whistler:: Here I come!!

I did it!! I’m in!

Whistler Ironman Canada — here I come — August 25, 2013

I hmmmm’d and haaaaa’d over doing a full vs a 1/2 IRON for 2013, but I told myself after finishing IRONMAN CANADA 2011, that my next would be 2013.  I couldn’t resist the venue change — Whistler!!


I’m nervous, giddy, and still in shock.


Please join me on my journey to another 140.6.


ps… If you want to read more about my first Ironman experience, I wrote all about all it here: