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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

I remember driving across town and seeing the bike trails at the side of the road. I imagined the mystery awaiting me at the end of those trails…I couldn’t wait to take my bike out and explore them.

But when I took my bike on the trail? I was just riding my bike. On the street.

After a certain point, all this triathlon stuff is starting to look like a workout. An INTENSE workout, but a workout, nevertheless.

I guess it had to happen sometime, that as I actually worked on the skills to do a triathlon, it would strip the wonder and mystery from the whole experience.

So, this week so far, I’ve ridden a stationary bike 13.3 miles, swum 500 yards, and run 3 miles. That’s a small triathlon, no?

And on this end of it, it’s been a lot of exercise.

I still don’t feel ready to compete in a triathlon. I plan on running a 5k with my daughters this spring, and I want this to be the year I ride my bike to Lake Michigan. I am in the pool more often than I’ve been over the last couple of years, so maybe I’m looking at a short triathlon next year.

It had to become more routine for me to even imagine it, I guess. But the thrill is gone.

cross posted at www.imswimming.net

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