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Old 09-17-08, 07:00 AM   #1
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Very odd ... swimming related

After my first duathalon this spring, I've decided to train for a triathlon (next season). My weak spot, as you may guess, is swimming. I'm having to remember childhood swim lessons, and follow tips from books/internet, etc.

Mostly, I go to the YMCA and fight against the water, completing 1 to 3 laps before becoming exhausted. In a session, I can complete about 20 laps or so total, including drills, but I will spend about the same amount of time resting between laps as I would swimming.

Well, I went yesterday, and after a warm up drill, I started swimming, and went for 10 laps without a problem. After a brief break, I swam another 10 laps, continuously. Another break was followed by 9 more laps of mixed strokes, resting between each lap.

So I had some sort of "break-through" in the water, and I don't understand it. All I can think of is that I was much more relaxed, used my legs much less than what I have been doing, and perhaps did a better job of keeping my head down.

I hope progress continues for me.
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I had almost the same experience! I went from being able to complete two laps without resting on Monday to six laps on Tuesday to thirty two consecutive laps on Thursday! Isn't that odd?
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...much more relaxed, used my legs much less than what I have been doing, and perhaps did a better job of keeping my head down.
Sounds like you figured it out.
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After my first duathalon this spring, I've decided to train for a triathlon (next season). My weak spot, as you may guess, is swimming. I'm having to remember childhood swim lessons, and follow tips from books/internet, etc.

Mostly, I go to the YMCA and fight against the water, completing 1 to 3 laps before becoming exhausted. In a session, I can complete about 20 laps or so total, including drills, but I will spend about the same amount of time resting between laps as I would swimming.

Well, I went yesterday, and after a warm up drill, I started swimming, and went for 10 laps without a problem. After a brief break, I swam another 10 laps, continuously. Another break was followed by 9 more laps of mixed strokes, resting between each lap.

So I had some sort of "break-through" in the water, and I don't understand it. All I can think of is that I was much more relaxed, used my legs much less than what I have been doing, and perhaps did a better job of keeping my head down.

I hope progress continues for me.
Before you know it you'll be swimming 3000yd non-stop. Good luck and keep swimming.
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Old 09-25-08, 07:53 AM   #5
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I've been back to the pool, and it seems I have found my groove, so to speak. Up to 2 sets of 12 continuous laps. Just slowed down, and remained relaxed. I can see working up to a mile in the pool. The contrast to how I had been swimming is so amazing. It's so easy now, I can focus on parts of my swim instead of worrying about if I would be able to complete any given distance.

It's awesome!!
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the 0 to 1650 program works awesome, im on week 3 now.....

http://ruthkazez.com/ZeroTo1mile.html
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This is awesome news, I just got back in to swimming and am not having the best time. I've been telling myself I just need more time in the water, so this is a welcome success story!
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