So Colleen’s talked me into another triathlon: Tri the Creek, a sprint event at Potato Creek State Park near South Bend on Sept. 23.
I’d pretty much made up my mind to just wait til spring. Focus on my running this fall, and maybe that bike race next month in Bluffton, and then try to acquire a decent freestyle stroke over the winter so I wouldn’t have to rely on the sidestroke.
But Iron Kid Colleen really, really wants to tag along to another triathlon — enough so that she’s appointed herself my swim coach, convinced she can teach me that dreaded breathing-in-the-water maneuver.
The idea was that we’d have our first session yesterday at Pine Lake, after I got done with my first radio interview. But my coach, like the rest of the kids, was too distracted by all the water slides and zip lines and super-duper high dives to do any actual swimming.
So I carved out a swim lane along the rope running from the raft to the racing slide and did 10 lengths or so of sidestroke.
Hey, it’s a start.