Join Date: Apr 2005
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I participated in a swim meet with my co-workers last weekend and was very humbled. I used to do triathlons (Olympic distance) and was good enough overall to go to the National Championship when I was 17, but my swim time always kept me from having a chance at placing. My best time for the 1500m with a wetsuit is 27:00 (already 10 min behind the leaders). Here's what I learned from the swim meet:
1. My freestyle sucks. My 100m was 1:32, which would be a 23:00 for 1500m if I had a diving start or pushoff every 50m.
2. More proof my freestyle sucks - 50m breaststroke in 0:38; 50m free in 0:35 (diving start from pool edge, not starting blocks, for both). The leaders in a 1500m would be doing 0:32 per 50m, without a diving start and without pushoffs.
3. The next day, I did a "splash & dash" (400m swim and 3000m run). Swim time 8:12 (2:30 behind the leader - would have to run 5:15 per mile for ~2 miles to have a chance at winning). This would be a 30:45 for 1500m.
I think I am so slow because of ankle inflexibility. I can't even flutter kick all the way across the pool without stopping a couple times, so I don't think I am actually contributing anything with my feet. I've had coaching before and have heard tons of technique tips but haven't ever gotten faster. I'm comfortable in the water and take breaths every four strokes. I think my time for the breast was a reasonable time, and was a lot closer to the winner than anything freestyle I did. And how could it be almost as fast as my freestyle? It's supposed to be the slowest of all the competive strokes! I feel like I'm more efficient at breast. But that doesn't help me in a tri or in these "splash & dash" races. Has anyone else found a "miracle" that allowed you to swim a lot faster? I feel like that's what I need.
Otherwise I guess this is more of a rant than a question.
p.s. I was NOT wearing baggy shorts.