I’m slowly getting more comfortable with the swim. I’ve still got a long ways to go, but I can at least see some improvements. I appreciate all the input on my post a few weeks back about the pull buoy. I’ve hopped in our pool the last couple of nights, and have managed 10 minutes of non-stop “swimming” each night. Right now, I’m focusing on getting comfortable with bilateral breathing (mostly a success) and keeping my legs from dropping down low in the water (mostly a fail). Even with the pull buoy, my legs want to sink like a rock.
I’m not sure if it’s going to help me or hurt me in the long run, but all of my swimming thus far has been tethered swimming. But let’s be honest, my desire to walk out my back door and start swimming is already low, and I have infinitely less desire to go to a regular pool than I do to jump in my backyard pool. Our pool is small though, and tethered swimming is the only way to get a workout in. So for now, it is what it is. On the bright side, it gives me the opportunity to move my arms for extended periods of time (ok, 10 minutes) without having to interrupt my stroke to flip around at the wall.
I’ve got about seven weeks to go until the triathlon. At least the swim portion is only 350m. I can survive 350m. Hopefully.