That is a sentence not typically associated with triathletes. Most folks certainly wouldn’t consider endurance athletes as lazy. I don’t sit around on my rear end eating bon-bons every day. Generally, we’re outgoing, highly motivated folks who set aggressive targets and do everything we can to achieve them. Lots of us are considered “Type A”. I probably fit all of those descriptions, and yet I’m lazy.
Allow me to offer some clarification.
I’m lazy when it comes to my swim stroke.
This month I have been swimming quite a lot (of course, comparing this month’s swimming versus prior months – not versus other athletes, as I know some of you are literally fish). The primary focus of many of my efforts has been centered upon stroke technique.
Here’s where I get really lazy. Far too often when I swim I lose focus and concentration. When I lose concentration, my catch gets all sideways. Basically, I over-rotate at the shoulder, and lead my catch with my thumb and index finger, whereas an “ideal” catch leads with the fingertips. I know this. It’s been the bane of my swimming reality for years. I focus on keeping high elbows and leading with my fingertips. Except when I get lazy….which is almost every time I do long sets. And probably every time I race.
I’m sure it’s 100% mental. I need to keep focused during long sets. It’s just so easy to daydream, zone out, think about other things, or just….swim…..and lose concentration. I need to be more present during my swims.
Hopefully that will cause me to be less lazy and swim correctly.