I was sitting at a Royals game with my friend Jenny and chatting about her last road race. I was gabbing on about how I hated running, but I like biking and swimming as exercise. Jenny's eye sparkled and I could tell I possibly had just walked into a trap that was already strung around my neck. She smirked at me as she dipped another chip into nacho cheese, "So if the race was just swimming you'd do it."
I started to backpedal, "Well, it would depends on how long and if I had to do the front crawl, never."
Nodding Jenny crunched down on another chip, "500 meters and whatever stroke, it's open."
I narrowed my eyes in thought and quickly thought about the lengths of a pool that would notch up to be, and shrugged, 500m wasn't that long. I was a strong swimmer even without practice.
At that point I knew I was promising to something that was a whole year away. How lucky for me to have all that time to ignore the need for practice and training!