Admittedly, I’m not a swimmer. I wasn’t on the swim team as a kid. I never swam competitively. I am not part of the masters’ swim group at our local pool. Basically, I’m self taught (yeah, sure…I had lessons as a kid). Thanks to the Almighty (Google), I found Total Immersion, You Tube, Goswim.tv, and many more good sources of information. I poached some coaching tips from my kids’ swim coaches and from some other triathletes I know. Still, I’m not a swimmer.
I sink. My legs drop. I can’t breathe bilaterally. Basically, it’s the part of this sport that I like least.
In my never-ending quest to become better, this winter I have added kick drills to my swim sets. Typically, those kick drills equal about 500 yards of kicking. Usually, I wear fins (I have weak ankles, after all). In my last swim session, I upped the ante some. After my warm-up, I did my typical 5×100 yards of kicking. When I finished, I decided (what the heck?) to toss out my original workout plan, and just do a full workout of kick drills. So, I did just that. 15 more reps. 20 reps total.
My legs were screaming. I was exhausted. For me, it was a brutal workout. I could hardly stand up upon getting out of the pool. The next day, my legs were as tired as if I had done 400m repeats at a track. Still…I’m not a swimmer. At the end of the day, does it matter? Not so much, if I can cross the 1500m, 1.2 miles or 2.4 miles required to get to T1.
Instead, perhaps I’m a “swimmer in training”.