Not a Triathlete...but, advice/opinion...PLEASE!?!?!?
Hey, all, I'm a 51 yo male, 6'0" 230 pounds. I spent the last 16 months cycling and lost more than six inches around my waist. In Sept/Oct over 22 days I covered 1016 miles, doing a century on the last day to go over the 1000 mile mark.
In the past I was a high school athlete in football and baseball, and in college lifted weights with a greater lean towards powerlifting.
In 2005 I had a total knee replacement on my left knee and an orthoscopy on my right. This leaves me with a desire to avoid running, but find a means to still exercise.
At any rate, winter is coming here in Illinois, so cycling is becoming more limited. To continue exercising, I choose to join the Y and take up rowing on a machine. In the end, I decided to swim as well.
What this effectively means is that five days a week, I'm rowing roughly 7000 meters, swimming roughly 1000 meters and cycling 20k. This past Friday, however, I upped the swimming to slightly over a mile and cycling to 30K.
Okay, all that info to get the message that I'm staying fairly active, but, like many Triathletes, my trouble spot is swimming. I'm currently covering a CUMULATIVE distance. Meaning I'm stopping at every link, and not doing turns in the pool. This means a lot of stopping.
As you folks are doing similar sorts of activities to myself, I'm hoping someone can give me a bit of advice. Namely, I'm considering cutting my swim distance back to half a mile instead of a kilometer in order to put more emphasis on turning and going longer consecutive distances. I don't feel my technique is bad, but I think psychologically I lose it a bit and am afraid I'll just keep upping my distance and time in the pool, but never be really able to put together one long concerted swim. Is this a good idea? Have any of you any good advice on how to compensate for more intellectual/psychological training in one area...which seems to take away from physical exertion, by applying more effort in another? As is, at the end of a length, I seem to be fine, but when I try to stretch into a lap, I seem to suddenly lose my breath.
As is, I'm loving rowing and would advocate it for anyone who can't run, but this is not the place to raise questions in that regard.