I used to love swimming as a kid, and took all the lessons that were offered at the local pool. When I was 13, though, there were no further courses available until I turned 16, and by then other distractions took over. I didn't swim much again until I took a clinic with the Rideau Speedeaus in November 2005. I've been a regular swimmer since then. I also swim with Liquid Assets, Boston's GLBT swim team, when I am in town.
I started swimming this time initially as cross training for running. However, I've found the joy of it again and love doing it for its own sake. Swimming in a team is definitely a new experience. I still have a lot of muscle and skill development to do, but it gives me something to concentrate on.
Racing is a good way to push the limits and meet other swimmers.
|First World Outgames||Montréal, QC||August 2 and 3, 2006||50 metre breast||46.34|
|50 metre freestyle||27.27|
|Boston Tea Party Two||Boston, MA||May 6, 2006||50 meter breast||47.26|
|50 meter freestyle||42.30|
May 6, 2006. This was my first ever swim meet. I was intimidated about appearing in public in just a speedo, but soon learned to enjoy it. I discovered that I had been taking it entirely too easy on myself in practice and learned that I need to push myself harder. Although this event was hosted by Liquid Assets, I was not a member of the team at that time.
August 2 and 3, 2006. This was a cool event, gay people from all over the world descended, and at the swim meet they were all in speedos! The event itself was at the Olympic Stadium, so I swam in the same pool as the 1976 Olympic athletes! We had a few swimming with us in this event too.