I really want swimming to be my favorite event. I have been pretty consistent at getting to the pool, but it seems like every other swim goes to hell for me. And by go to hell I mean gives me little confidence about completing the 2.4 miles.
Now, I know I will be ready and will finish the swim regardless. I did an Olympic swim in miserable conditions and was breast stroking 200 yards off shore. It took about 43 minutes (13 minutes than more than my target pace) but I made it out of the water with plenty left for the bike in run.
The one constant in my bad swims is trying to go to fast too early. It’s very difficult for me because, similar to the stationary bike, swimming in a pool just gets on my nerves sometimes. I just want it to be over. So I push and try to get out faster because the lane feels claustrophobic and I’m not a big fan of chlorine. So, I push and wind up out of breath. Unable to relax. I swim far less than I’d hoped and promise to do better the next time.
We were supposed to have a swim lesson from coach this morning at 5am. I was reticent, but made a decision to go because I need someone to correct my stroke. Unfortunately, he texted everyone last night and said he was sick, but I’d be lying if I didn’t feel relief. Still, the mornings!
It’s all about the warm up. I have to remember that. In an hour and a half swim (that’s my Ironman goal) a few minutes of light, slow, and relaxed strokes at the beginning will go a LONG ways for me. I want to get stronger, not be looking at the shore from a mile away going, “holy fuck… how will I make it?”
I’ve made a decision that swimming will now get a higher percentage of my workout plan. I grew up running and biking. They are built into my fiber and I only have 200 days to do it with swimming. I really like being in water, but my goal is to feel completely comfortable the moment it starts. Running and biking will take care of themselves. Not being ready for the swim could break me.
Now, I realize people say you don’t lose the race in the swim, but I disagree. Less people to pass and more intensity from better racers. 15 minutes may not seem like a lot, but when you’re hoping to come in under 13 hours, that will leave a lot less margin for error on the bike and run. Just sayin…. And the debate starts now . . . .