Monday, March 20, 2006
Confession of my swim!
It has been 10 days since my last swim! I would have swam more but the pool was closed all last week. I know no excuse. I could have swam at the Y. It felt good to be back in the pool though. My confession is I am not sure if I believe in all the fancy swim workouts we do as triathletes. My thought is that open water long distance swim training has to be different from indoor pool training. From what I am finding from all masters workouts and most books is that we triathletes train like pool racers. They use pull buoys, kick boards (I think paddles may make you stronger) and perform different strokes all of which I cannot find value in. I need to learn proper freestyle stroke not how to do back stroke, breast stroke, or butterfly. You don't see Faris Al Sultan doing anything but the freestyle stroke during a race. I have been swimming with some of the toys, performing technique drills, and speed intervals, an average of 2 to 3 days a week for the last 2.5 years. I did learn in that time how to do flip turns (not necessary for open water swims but fun to do in the pool) and breathe every 3 strokes which is called bi-lateral breathing. I am proud of these results but my times have not improved. I was averaging 2:00 for 100 yards 2 years ago and still average the same today. So as you can see I'm not a firm believer in all that fancy pool workout routines but I'm open to learn and tri. Lately, I just swim 20 to 35 minutes of a steady pace and am happy with that. But I want to learn to swim for open water racing. I do plan on swimming in the lake more this summer. Maybe I need to take the leap of faith and join the masters club and see if I get a swim life change. Maybe I need to pay mega bucks to have my swim technique analyzed with a coach and video. And maybe I need another 2 years of swimming after which I may have something else to say. Maybe I need it all. Who knows?