For a while now I’ve been working on swim technique. I’m doing Total Immersion Swimming (shout out to my swim coach, Ingrid Loos Miller from Fearless Swimming, who just finished the Arizona IRONMAN – her fifth IMAZ I think and her sixth IM.)
So anyway, I’ve been learning technique during my weekly lessons and doing technique drills between lessons, but so far I have never swum even a single lap, mostly owing my tendency to drink poolwater in lieu of breathing.
Today was the moment of truth, time to swim some laps. The plan was 10 minutes of warm up drills, followed by however many laps I could fit into the remaining 50 minutes, focusing only on technique and not at all on speed.
I definitely had to take some breaks – things would start off solidly but then my breathing issue would reappear, and everything would be suddenly bad – like, flailing muppet arms bad – and I would need to stop and regroup. I also felt like I was molasses slow but, like Dory taught me in Finding Nemo, I just kept swimming until the time was up.
At the end of the 50 minutes I had completed 37 laps. So on my very first attempt at distance swimming I did .83 miles in 50 minutes. For the half IM in Austin next November I’ll have to do 1.2 miles in 70 minutes, and in the IM a year from that I’ll have to do 2.4 miles in two hours and twenty minutes (though of course I plan to be faster than that to buy myself as much time as possible for the run!)
It will be in open water, I won’t be able to take the kind of breaks that I took today, but still – I’m feeling pretty good about where I am for my very first day of laps!
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