I've been cycling for a while and just picked up running again this spring after a long hiatus. I currently compete in both. This fall I have a fairly flexible teaching schedule and was thinking of using it as an opportunity to pick up swimming so maybe I could do some triathlons.
I can swim, but not with any definable technique. Actually, I don't even think I have any technique.
What advice would people have on how to get started? My university has plenty of open pool time so I could practice everyday if I wanted to. The only problem is all of the formal swimming classes are full. Would taking a private lesson once a week throughout the semester be enough to help me get pointers on technique? The only thing I really care about is learning to do whatever is going to be useful in triathlon, so I don't care about a zillion different kinds of strokes. I also have a good work ethic and find it easy to work independently without someone pushing me to do so. I just worry about how to get the most out of my practices and also knowing what I should be striving for in my practice sessions.
Any ideas? I'm so new to this I am not even sure what are all the questions I should be asking.