You know how The Hammer and I once did an Ironman? And then we said (or at least, I said) that one Ironman per lifetime was plenty — that we no longer needed to ever do another triathlon again?
Well, then my friend Dustin had to go and be all heroic and inspirational at the Kona Ironman.
Which got me to thinking: maybe we should do one more Ironman. Just — you know — to see if I could actually do an Ironman where instead of lamely walking for 70% of the final leg of the race, I actually raced it.
And maybe — just maybe — instead of flailing around in the swim leg, I actually kinda swam it.
So I was talking with Dustin and told him The Hammer, The Swimmer (i.e., The Hammer’s daughter — I’ve mentioned her recently) are thinking about doing the New Zealand Ironman in 2013.
“Oh, I’ll come do it with you,” said Dustin. Which moved the possibility of doing the New Zealand Ironman from the “awesome-but-painful” category to the “really-awesome-but-still-remarkably-painful” category.
“So,” I asked, wondering about the most difficult part of the race, “What are you going to do about the swim?”
“I’ve got that covered,” Dustin said. “I have an Endless Pool.”
That made me curious.
We Try an Endless Pool
Now, I’ve seen Endless Pools demonstrated before, but I had never been in one. So when I went to their site and saw the “Try a Pool” link, I thought, “Well, OK.” I figured that this would mean they’d call me and set up an appointment at a store or something. Instead, though, they sent me over to try one at someone’s house.
So I went over, bringing The Hammer and The Swimmer. And my camera, to catch a video of what it would be like to swim in place.
Here’s what it was like:
What I Thought
All three of us were kind of nervous of this thing at first. Which, as it turns out was silly. Swimming in an Endless Pool felt pretty much the same as swimming in a regular pool. Just no kick-turns, and no fighting for a swim lane.
And — and this was huge — there was hardly any chlorine smell at all.
The bad thing (which would eventually be a good thing if I did something about it) was — as you’ll see in the video — this totally made it super obvious to The Hammer, The Swimmer, and now to you what an abysmally bad swimmer I am.
I find myself painful to watch. You, on the other hand, may find me hilarious.
I talked with the home / pool owners after our pool party, wondering whether they still use their Endless Pool. They said that the man uses it three or four times per week; the woman uses it a couple times per week. Which is pretty impressive, considering they’ve had this setup since they built the house about six years ago.
In that time, the pool has never broken. Of course, they seemed like the kind of people who would actually follow the recommended maintenance schedule, whereas I would let a thick green moss grow on the surface of the water.
By the way, I lost a bet — fortunately for me, there were no stakes — I made with The Hammer and The Swimmer before we went that the man would absolutely positively be a hardcore triathlete. As it turns out, he just likes swimming. Doesn’t compete at all. So evidently, there are athletes out there who just like to exercise without thumping their chests and stuff.
Frankly, I can’t fathom it.
Of course, after having used this, my most pressing question is: Since he’s got the equipment, what do we have to do to get Dustin to do an Ironman of Nowhere this year?