Thursday, July 1, 2010

18 Lengths

18 lengths is a half mile in the pool at work. 
A half mile is the swim distance of my August 22nd Triathlon. 
This is how I feel about swimming a half mile. 

And that's in a pool, not a murky lake with a hundred other people fighting for space. 
BUT, it's a new challenge and I will do my best! I started this past week with a few little steps. The first was getting in the pool last Sunday and REMINDING myself what swimming feels like (ie: cat picture above). The second time was on Wednesday of this week, between a split shift at work, I went down to the pool and talked a bit with the life guards about how far the pool is: 

18 laps or 36th lengths for a .5 mile distance. 
They gave me this cool leg float, that you put between your thighs so you can focus on your stroke form. It was kind of my best friend. 

I was told by a triathlete at the gym that during the swim, the racers try to save their legs a bit anyway for the other 2 events so they stress upper body! My main concern is form and breathing. 

And Just FYI, wearing your goggles with your glasses is ALL the rage! 

I am thrilled because I found out that the gym where I work has a Triathlon Training Swim class offered on Monday nights. My goal is to swim three days a week at least for July. I am going to read up on what Beginner Triathlete has to say on swim form here and follow this training plan: Sprint Triathlon

I feel like there should be more Bricks and some runs will be open water for me, it's the land of 10,000 lakes! 

My SECOND time in the pool this past week I swam 7 laps, or 14 lengths, so not quite half of my race distance, but they were NOT consecutive and they were NOT pretty, but I am working on it. I will have my Tri class and I am determined to practice 3 times a week, I WILL improve. The whole reason I signed up for this event was to become a better swimmer anyway, I need to remember my goal.  

The training plan I am following is tracking everything by TIME and not by distance...which for the bike and run seems fine, but concerns me for the swim.   I will need to make sure I am hitting my distance and beyond even if it means swimming longer than my program calls for.  Have you encountered this with a Triathlon program design?  

Friday giveaways! Check it out: Steve at Steve in a Speedo is giving away a foxy skirt for the gals and glasses for the guys!
Mel over at Tall Mom on the Run is giving away a book called Life is Sweet.  It is! It is! 

Have you completed a Triathlon? If so, what is your best training tip or piece of advice? 

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