I think most triathletes have an image of themselves as athletes (some more accurate than others, lol). My image of myself is that I am a swimmer who can hold her own on the bike and tries as hard as she can not to get passed by everyone on the run.
So it can feel a bit disconcerting when your image of yourself is challenged. And there was no better way for me to challenge it than to bring in an ex-collegiate swimmer to put me in my place.
One of my athletes had the day off work today so I invited her to come swim with Nalani and me... and since my mom is here to watch Moana, we were going for a ride immediately after the swim.
Um, Karen left us in the dust today in the pool. Oh, you didn't know there could be dust in a pool? Well, there can be. And I was in it all morning. Holy craaaap that girl is fast. And there I was beating myself up for being so slow but then I'd get to the wall and look at my watch and see that I was actually swimming faster than usual. In fact, the splits I did today would have made me proud this past summer when I thought I was swimming well. But I find it hard to be proud of myself when I'm doing everything I can to not get lapped by one of my athletes. Yes. Lapped. In a long course pool. It didn't actually happen, but it was darn close.
Humble Pie. I was served a big piece of that this morning. So much for being a swimmer. So I then changed my mindset to one of a cyclist...
Don't worry, dear blog friends. I finished the workout today with my ego still intact. I took Karen out to some short steep hills where we did repeats. Stand up. Sit down. Sprint sprint SPRINT! And you guessed it, I puked up that humble pie all over Karen and made her eat it (niiice coach I am, huh?).
Anyway, now I'm all confused about my Triathlete self-image... today I felt like a cyclist who could hold her own on the swim and would try to not get passed by everyone on the run. Hmmmm.