Swim: 1,500 m/32,700 m
Bike: 0/83 miles
Run: 0/41.8 miles
I had another very positive swim yesterday, using tips learned from the Total Immersion book. I’m not that far into the book yet, so I haven’t even gotten to the drills and skill-building workouts. But I’ve been able to put into practice some of the basic foundations the author addresses in the first few chapters.
Using the upgraded swim technique, I found myself much more relaxed and not even using my legs very much at all. This is a big change, because I often find myself kicking strongly as I swim as sort of an instinctual reflex to keep the back part of my body horizontal instead of sinking down into the pool. With the new form tweaks, which focus on reducing drag, I am really just gliding through the water. This is key because in a triathlon I need my legs to be as fresh as possible when I head out of the swim and into the bike and run segments.
The breathing was a little better, perhaps as a result of the overall more relaxed approach to the swim. I am really trying to focus on gliding through the water, as opposed to forcing my way through it using lots of muscle energy. I’ve noticed a distinct improvement even in these first couple sessions since I’ve started the book.