Be a man

Last I wrote I was just beginning my Ironman training. A number of weeks later, I am happy to say that I am absolutely loving my training. It is tough. It is hard. It is demanding. Yet, it is a lot of fun. I have been geeking out as I am learning a lot about new physical activities and all that goes along with them.

Without a doubt, swimming has been the hardest discipline for me so far. When I jumped into the pool to start my training, it had been a solid eight years since I last did a lap in the pool. My tag phrase was, “I don’t know how to swim, I know how to not drown.” While I am still not an expert, I am getting better and seeing progress. Just yesterday I reached what I consider a milestone in my swimming. For the first time during a swim workout, I found my mind starting to wander and think about things that had nothing to do with swimming. At times when I run I get so comfortable that a few miles will go by and I will have to remind myself, “You’re running right now!” My mind just goes off in different directions. I reached that point yesterday while swimming! Now, not every swim has been like that, in fact, most days when I see swimming on my training calendar, I wince and complain until the workout is over. Slowly but surely, I am getting better and growing in confidence.

Last thought for today: With every training regimen I go through, there always seems to be one song that I hear over and over again while training – or one phrase that keeps popping up in my head. A few weeks ago while running the song “I’ll make a man out of you” from the movie, Mulan, started playing. It was perfect. It initially caught my attention due to a line about knowing how to swim (see below) but the play off of words in “I’ll make a man out of you” and the fact that I am training for an Ironman… seemed to flow beautifully. So, I am trying to make an Ironman out of myself.

Lyrics that always make me smile when I think about my swimming:

I’m never gonna catch my breath
Say goodbye to those who knew me
Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym
This guy’s got ’em scared to death
Hope he doesn’t see right through me
Now I really wish that I knew how to swim

 

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One thought on “Be a man

  1. That’s awesome! The song is perfect lol ! Swimming is by far, one of my weaker sports for sure!! Proud of you Tommy. Looking forward to hearing more about it. You got this!

    On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 8:49 PM, Running Through Life Blog wrote:

    > Tommy Bresson posted: “Last I wrote I was just beginning my Ironman > training. A number of weeks later, I am happy to say that I am absolutely > loving my training. It is tough. It is hard. It is demanding. Yet, it is a > lot of fun. I have been geeking out as I am learning a lot ab” >

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