A week ago Friday I finally managed to sign up to do swimming in my local swimming pool. The gym offers loads of different gym packages, including ” just swim ” for £26/ month. I don’t think that’s a bad price at all. Before i signed up I have checked their timetable and it suits my working hours perfectly.
Will plan to go down and do an hour swimming at least 3 times a week. My Ironman plan doesn’t start till the 18th of December so till then I just need to learn swim properly so I’ll be ready for the proper training plan.
Swim session nr1.
Decided to have my first swim on a Sunday morning at 8am. I really thought it will be empty because its Sunday, but to my surprise it was totally packed. My pool offers 3 different speed lane ( slow, medium, fast). Because I just starting out I decided to swim in the “slow” lane.
On my first session I was just concentrating to be able to be in the water for a whole hour, distance wasn’t really important. I’m absolutely awful with front crawl, so I just swam in breaststroke. First I didn’t feel too great about it, but when I got home and done a bit of googling it turns out its totally acceptable to swim in breaststroke on an Ironman.
Swim session nr2.
Did you know 64x 25m is exactly 1 mile?
Second time back at the pool. This time I went there at 5.30pm and surprisingly it was not busy at all. Started my swimming on the “slow” lane. I swam 30 lengths in the slow lane, but it started to get really crowded with all casual swimmers. So I decided its better if I go over to the “medium” speed lane and continue my session there. Because it wasn’t busy at all I didn’t feel bad about swimming in the “medium” lane. Still was only swimming in breaststroke. Have tried a few metres in front crawl, but my breathing is horrendous. Water was going in and out of my nose and mouth. Felt like I was drowning, so i went back to do breaststroke.
By the time I finished my 64 lengths it was only 57mins into my swimming, so compared to my 1st session I was already faster, slowly but surely I’ll get there.
As soon as I feel more comfortable and can see that my swimming is improving I’ll definitely will get a few 1-2-1 sessions with a coach to improve my swimming even better. Also when the weather will be better I’ll go out for a few open water swim session.