Today I finished my Advanced Swim Class. I've almost always known how to swim and can do it almost literally forever. But, style and speed lagged far, far behind. Due to travel I had to miss the first two sessions but it still gave me good training.
To finish the class I passed the Level 5 test with no problem. When I started I had a hard time with the crawl and how to breathe while doing it. Gagging was the order of the day and I was weak from oxygen deficit. Today I 5 lengths of the pool with no breathing problem. Today I did all the strokes except butterfly (which was only introduced today) with no form issues. The butterfly; well it will need some more work. But, it is not a stroke I will use anyway so NBD. The thrust is to develop form and endurance. Both were achieved and the door was opened to do even more.
A byproduct for biking is the increased leg and cardio strength will help with my endurance and maybe my speed. Certainly it will help me have even more fun as I can do the same rides with less effort.
A very good investment of time and money along with a nice feeling of satisfaction.