A married father of two riding his way through the crazy life of parenthood, trying to balance family, work and training for an upcoming marathon and Half Ironman triathlon. It's a process. It's a gift. It's life. LIVE IT!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

First Swim Lesson, No 911 Calls = Success

Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? Okay, so here it is...

  • My name is LoneStarCrank, and I'm a flailing, inefficient, 'butt dragging in the water' swimmer.

Ahhhhhh, that feels better. So now what? Tonight I took the first step to getting past the fact that I am a perennial back of the pack swimmer in serious need of some guidance. My swim instruction of choice -- Texas Iron. Don't let the name fool you...I felt little Iron in me tonight unless you count my arse dragging in the water as resembling Iron.

Week one was filled with pool etiquette, a few drills and simple analysis of our stroke. The funny thing about opening yourself up to critique is, it often times, produces immediate results. A few tips here and a minor adjustment there and my swim confidence was already starting to improve. I quickly realized that I wasn't the only poor soul flailing around in the water. There was strength in numbers.

Unlike many of my tri friends, I am not blessed with natural swim skills. I am a bit timid in the water and tend to take a survival tact. It is not unusual for me to be in the bottom 10 percent of my age group when I get out of the water. I then hit the bike (a much stronger leg for me) and have A LOT of ground to make up. My goal with this class is to get in the water more relaxed and, in the end, mitigate some of the hole I dig for myself in the swim portion of the race. I am shooting for an Olympic distance trinin May with the possibility of a Half Ironman in October. Like many others, the bike and run leg of the Half is within reach...it's the swim that gives me more than a few reservations.

So there it is -- one swim class, no drowning, and even a few improvements. In YMCA swim class terms I think I've graduated to being a guppy. Watch out tadpoles here I come.


Blogger DV said...

good luck! my first session with a swim coach, she watched me swim a lap and then commented that "I can't believe you haven't drowned yet..." not exactly a confidence-inspiring statement!

12:31 AM

Blogger :) said...

Very nice. Jamie and Andrea are some very quality people. I wish I was little closer, I might take advantage of their services.

Keep up the hard work, fish-boy!

8:51 AM

Blogger Motownrunner said...

thanks for visiting my blog!! i love yours. i'm going to link you to mine. i'm soooo excited to visit austin. i've always wanted to go there.

10:55 AM

Blogger Jodi said...

Yay! Pool time!

Actually, you slower swimmers do have an advantage... look at all the people you get to pass on the bike! During tris, I do nothing but get passed once I get out of the water. How discouraging!

But keep up the swimming. Perfecting your form is like free time. And you'll be LESS tired when you start the bike!


7:46 AM

Blogger liz said...

hey man, thanks for the post on my blog. good luck to you, too, and i look forward to hearing about your experience, too. thank goodness we have good weather.

9:59 PM


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