By athlete ambassador, Lesley Maisey
I am a triathlete. Many people tell me that they could not do an ironman triathlon simply because of the swim segment. You may not share my passion for hundreds of people thrashing about the open water around you but I did not start off loving that experience either.
My first half iron experience involved breast stroking the first 400m until I could catch my breath and actually swim. My second experience was only slightly better. I had trained and was ready, or so I thought. What I did not expect was the cannon! The impact sound triggered my flight, fight or freeze response and I froze. I could not think let alone breathe so again found myself in cold water, restricted by 5mm neoprene across my chest and fighting with my inner demons that were thriving on the panic. I finished both of those events and used them as learning opportunities. My entry into the triathlon world was filled with determination, perseverance, and a firm belief in myself that I could do this.
Over the past few years, I have become a swimmer. It was not an overnight transformation. I devoted a lot of time to researching proper swim technique for open water and then a lot of time practicing what I learned. I am fortunate to have incredible support from my husband. He also does a ton of research and sends me links of videos to review and discuss. He joins me in the pool and pushes me to make each and every lap count for something, whether it is something as simple as speed, or more focused training such as stroke correction, body position or kick cadence.
I believe that we all have something in our lives that we are passionate about. It might not be something physical like mine but it is that thing in your life that you devote time and energy to. It is the pursuit of what fulfills you. Triathlon is #howIhammer!