TMC Athletes: Swimmer Says It’s Never Too Late to Start

Kurt Luedtke, case manager

Swimmer/Triathlete

Snapshot:

I am currently finishing up the Tucson Aquathon Series and training for the La Jolla Rough Water Swim in September, as well as for several late season triathlons.

How did you get started?

I got involved in swimming when I was taking my daughter to swim practice when she was about 10. I got tired of sitting there watching her and trying to coach her, so I decided to learn how hard it was. I started swimming when she was at practice. I was in my early 40s at the time and now I’m 53, so I guess the message is: It’s never too late.

What is the Aquathon?

Every Wednesday night, you swim 800 yards, which is 32 lengths of the pool, and then run a 5k, which is 3.1 miles. I keep trying to encourage other TMC employees to do it, but it seems some people think they’ll sink. The best cure for that is to take a quick lesson and then get in the pool and test yourself.  I guarantee you won’t sink.

Why the Rough Water Swim?

It’s one mile in the open ocean. My daughter and I have done it the past five years and now it’s a family tradition. I really love the freedom of being out there.

What inspires you to persist when it gets hard?

My dad was a Marine and he always used to say that pain is weakness leaving your body. I think about what our patients go through and remind myself my pain is voluntary and it will stop at the end of the triathlon. You just learn to deal with it.

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