Friday night I decided to destroy any self esteem that I may have had....I went shopping for triathlon swim wear.
The first stop was Dicks Sporting Goods. They did not have a huge selection. I looked at regular athletic swimwear and they had nothing that would work for me. I tried on every suit they had in my size (6 total) and not one of them had even a shelf bra in them. That might work for some women but I've got what doctors call "huge melons" and a bigger version of my 4 year old's swimsuit ain't gonna cut it. Swimming with my chesticles uncontained is a hazard......just sayin'.
Next stop was Sports Authority. Same issue, see above. Ugh....are all swimmers flat chested?
Final stop of the night was REI. At least there I was able to ask a sales person a thing or two about what I should really wear. She was very knowledgeable and made some great suggestions. Her recommendation was a pair of thinly padded shorts paired with a fitted tri tank top. She picked out a few items that had more support for a gal like me and piled them in my arms. I took all the items she suggested into the fitting room and I suddenly felt hopeful.
The shorts were awesome, the top was another story. I struggled to get this thing on. I huffed and puffed and finally got the top on. It may have made a "schloooooooop" noise as it snapped over my flesh. "How are you doing" the nice sales lady knocked on my door and I could not speak as my internal organs were being pushed up into my throat. "Fine" I squeaked. She responded that the items should fit "snug". Little did she know that I may have dislocated my shoulder trying to shimmy into this contraption. I would say that this tank fit the definition of "snug". Let me just say squeezing my fat ass into full body Spanx would have been easier.
Finally it was on correctly and actually it didn't feel that bad. I might even say it was comfortable and it even passed the "bounce" test (bounce test= jumping up and down in the fitting room to make sure boob bounce is kept to a minimum). I was almost sold on it until I glanced in the mirror. I looked like the damn Michelin Man sucked into sausage casing. I was traumatized by the three-way mirror. I peeled off the clothing, put them on discard rack, and ran as fast I could out of that store.
I took a photo of myself in the outfit mentioned above however, I do not have the courage to post. It will be my inspiration drop few pounds before this race. I really wish upon registration they had a box to check that states the following:
By checking this box you acknowledge that you will be wearing swimwear in public.
Yeah....kind of forgot about that issue.
On a side note, breaking into the tri world is SPENDY. I mentioned that I am riding my 14 year old mountain bike for this race because this is my first and maybe only triathlon. Rather than buy a new bike, I had road tires put on and the sucker needs a tune up. I had to shell dough for that expense. I don't have a swim suit to train in. That is going to be another hit to the bank account (can anyone please tell me why the hell swimwear is so expensive?), Bike shorts, $80....are you kidding me? I am shopping around for deals, but still! What if I don't even like the sport? Or even worse, what if I love it? This is just what my family needs....another expensive sport!
Saturday 2.6 miles in 30 minutes (11:32 pace)
Monday 2.25 miles in 27 minutes (11:46 pace)
My legs are still feeling heavy from the marathon but I am happy to have run at least 2 consecutive miles under 12 minutes. I hope that I can bring my per mile pace down significantly over the next year.