Swim: 500 m/500 m
Bike: 0 miles/6.35 miles
Run: 0 miles/2.4 miles
I’m jumping in with both feet, literally, to start getting a handle on the discipline that is, by far, my weakest. I have never been much of a pool person, and certainly never a good swimmer. Mostly I have relied on some form of breast stroke to get around in the water, and it has served me well enough during relaxing dips in the pool or ocean.
But, obviously, a triathlon is not about relaxing – I need to figure out how to get through the water quickly, and how to exponentially increase the distance I can cover. I essentially need to start from scratch and learn the proper stroke and breathing techniques. As I look around the pool, I sometimes feel like the only adult who has made it this far in life without really knowing how to swim properly. I desperately want to take lessons, but I’m not sure that there is a program remedial enough for my needs.
For my first workout I swam 20 laps, resting after (and sometimes during) each, attempting a variety of strokes. I was not very good at any of them. I generally don’t like starting new pursuits, because I like to be good at something quickly and not struggle with the basics. But, in a way, it’s an exciting time because I know I will be improving quickly, just because of how far behind I am at the beginning. I just need to put in the work.
My goal is to focus on swimming in the next few weeks, so I can really reinforce the skills I need as I learn them. Once I establish a comfort in the water I can turn to biking and running once again.