alright… Lookit… *sigh*
I’ve been saying all along that my biggest problem with swimming is that my legs sink really badly. I spent the entire hot summer fighting to get faster… with limited success. I float *slightly* better, but I’ve had two coaches now look at my stroke and tell me that I just sink… REALLY? No $#iT! How much did I just pay you to tell me that? These genius comments are akin to going to a doctor with a bad flu and having him look at you and say “Yup! Yer sick!!”.
So I was at the lake Sunday for the usual “Driftwood does North Shore” thing, but the water/air temperature had cooled off enough that I grabbed my wetsuit… which seems to have gotten smaller over the summer…
…anyway, I crammed my fat arse into it and really tried to focus on the form and power techniques I have learned this summer. The first thing I noticed was something weird… I could feel air on my feet because they were at the surface for the first time ever. The second thing I noticed was that the bubbles coming off my hands as they entered the water were now streaming past me because I was actually MOVING through the water. Finally, I got done with the first lap and I wasn’t tired.
My fastest non wetsuit time for the summer was a miserable 24:11 for 1100 yards. This lap, with the wetsuit, was 19:30. Almost 5 minutes difference? Really? AND I felt strong enough to head out for another lap? Really?
Note to self: Do triathlons in the spring and fall (wetsuit legal races) only (until you get better at swimming). Spend your summer swimming and having fun.
Look. I don’t want, nor do I ever to expect to win… Or even podium (unless I do this long enough to outlive all my competition). What I do want is positives. Who doesn’t? I don’t want to get too frustrated with the swim because this has to be fun or I won’t do it. I know it takes a long time to get better as a swimmer and I’m down with the effort. I’m also down with using technology to act as a bridge. Maybe someday I will be as fast (slow?) without a wetsuit as I am with a wetsuit. Until then, the 5-10 minutes I gain with the suit is a positive. It’s not like I’m cheating and, at best, it puts me in the middle of the pack. But it’s much better than being followed by the sag boat.