Swimming At My Own Pace
I swam this morning. I swim 2-3 days a week now. Compared to last year or even a few months ago, I feel much stronger. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any faster.
I should probably preface the remainder of this blog by saying that I’m writing as a novice/intermediate triathlete and not as a PT. As much as I try, my thoughts and opinions as an athlete often don’t coincide with the PT in me.
I haven’t taken a lesson recently, but I read and watch videos about technique on a regular basis. I also speak to a lot of swimmers, which is always interesting. Some tell me to lengthen my stroke, others say to shorten my stroke. Some say breathe however you’re comfortable, others say force yourself to breath on alternating sides or every 4th or 6th stroke. Some say the kick is the key, others say save your legs for the bike and run.
So, since it’s only February, I’m experimenting. I’m trying different techniques to see how I can be most comfortable and maybe cut off some time. I realize there’s always going to be a learning curve, so it may take time to find what works best for me.
I may suck it up and take a few lessons at some point or enroll in class. A little professional feedback may be extremely helpful.
The good news is that I really enjoy swimming for exercise and I’m going to keep at it, even if I’m the slowest dude in the pool.