And I've completed the Hotter 'n Hell 100 mile bike ride twice. Again, years ago. Starting from scratch again. I didn't even have a bike since the 2011 house fire. I got a trail bike from the ladies auxiliary and was on my way. Biking was my cross training two days a week. I stayed in my little neighborhood for safety and completed untold rounds of the three-mile course. Many neighbors asked what I was doing. Finally, the swim. I had taken a swimming class in college for a PE credit. I won't even say how long ago that was. Really, really starting from scratch, or even less. I don't even like the water, especially when I can't see the bottom. And more especially when I'm out there without a life jacket. Swim in a lake well, that would take some overcoming.
I started in the backyard pool - small, but safe. Then I moved to the city pool for lap swimming. The young swim team members helped how they could "with the older lady." In the end, it was trial and error to develop some sort of rhythm with the strokes and breathing and enough endurance to complete 10 laps. I had hoped for at least one open practice swim but it never happened. The day of the race would be my first day in the lake. Biking and running would have to be my ace in the hole.