The swim at Ironman Wisconsin can be daunting, but not because of the distance. The mass start offers tons of unwelcome contact and the lake water can be very choppy. I also found it tough to sight.
With that in mind, my swim shape goal is to be 100% confident with swimming for an hour or so. As I get back into shape I’m totally focused on time in the pool. I’ll work up to three times a week for an hour. But for now, I’m not even close, so I have to make compromises to get there by adding breast stroke intervals to lower my heart rate.
Over time I’ll likely improve my pace, but that won’t be a focus. It’s very hard to become a faster swimmer and the effort (for me) isn’t necessarily worth it. I’ll move that extra time to the bike.
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