Swimmers, please know that I have the utmost respect for you. I've been swimming consistently for more than a month and realize now that stuff is crazy hard! Growing up, I had a handful of "lessons" in the pool of a family friend when I was somewhere around 6 yrs old that provided me just enough proficiency to keep me from killing myself. I never learned how to keep my head down or breathe and picking up a few weeks agomy stroke and kick, of course, were nowhere near efficient. Now that I can breathe and no longer freak out about putting my face under water, I'm learning to put some other pieces together.
When first starting to train, every time I became anaerobic (ran out of air) swimming I assumed the reason was that I couldn't get a good breath, which made sense because, well, I couldn't get a good breath! Since then, Amie James, a local cyclist/runner/triathlete/fitness advocate, has beat into me the proper method of turning the head (rather than lifting it) to breathe. Unfortunately, even breathing better now, I still wear myself out quickly.
It seems my next problem is my legs. I'm a cyclist. And a little bit of a runner. So when I get into the water, I expect to use my legs. In distance swimming I think now that's a serious no-no. My strokes have been too slow and my kicks too fast, so I'm working hard now to hit the right tempo on each so that I won't tire so quickly.
The last 2 times I've been out I haven't received any coaching. Hopefully the next time I'm watching everything will look golden, including the way my arms enter the water. At first, I was stretching out too far and then slapping the water. This still happens some when I'm beginning to get short on breath. Ug! This is so much more complicated than running and riding! I think also that I haven't yet developed the arm endurance to keep things going for a long time. After all, I hadn't been doing any upper body exercise before I started all this.
I've got a long way to go to get where I want to be, but I want to give a super huge thanks already for all of Amie's help, and everyone else that's been helping me; the water is a different world for me! To any serious swimmers out there, mad kudos! And come join me in the water some time!
Blessings and Shalom,