This past week has been brutal. I just donâ€™t think that growing up in Seattle can prepare one for the feeling of frozen eyeballs one gets trying to ride their bike 3 blocks to the pool at 5:30am. I feel like a wimp saying this, but Iâ€™m second guessing the intelligence of enrolling in an MBA program that keeps me frozen all winter long. Why again did I move away from Hawaii?
Last weekend Abby and I went to New York for the Collumbia Swimming Homecoming Weekend. Or rather, I went to New York for homecoming, Abby went home to see her family.
Friday night of homecoming weekend is the Alumni meet. Iâ€™m pretty sure the times at the meet have gotten slower every year, while my effort has increased. Thereâ€™s always a half-dozen or so people from my era at Columbia, and we do the â€œIron-Lionâ€, which includes all 10 events on the schedule. Every year I finish the meet glad I do an easy sport like triathlon.
The highlight of the meet was clearly my 4:58 500y freestyle, that drew all the attention away from Columbia Swimming Legend Tony Corbisiero, who joined us to celebrate 30 years since he won NCAAs in the 1650 (in 14:46.29). That time set an American Record (that held for one week) and a Columbia Varsity Record (that still stands).
On Saturday the team kicked Brownâ€™s butt with times that were much faster than I can swim.
Now, back to the grind in Chicago. Homework, training, and taking care of the family (Santa not included).