Over the years I have taken part in many different sports, including football, cricket, cycling, running, climbing etc but I have never found any sport as frustrating as swimming. It must be the anti-christ of all sports.
The thing with swimming is that in principal it is simple, propel yourself throw water using a combination of your arms and legs not forgetting to breathe. In practice it seems to change the rules every 5 minutes just so you can’t quite crack it.
When I first decided to do a triathlon, I couldn’t swim, I accept that that is not a great starting point, but I was prepared to learn. I went to the pool, realised I could get myself around in a fashion and then sought help. I took on board all the advice I was given initially and things got slightly better. So far so good, or at least slow progress was being made.
I then thought that the way to get better would be to invest in some coaching, I did that, and yes it has helped I follow the sessions and for the most part there is improvement. However, I still don’t feel I am progressing as quickly as I should.
I have been told that the key is patience, and I know that you can’t expect to become a competent swimmer in only a few months but the rate of progress seems to be slow.
I have experimented, and I have found that if I don’t use bi-lateral breathing I can swim further, but the point is, that is not doing it properly. and if I go down that route then what was the point of trying to learn properly.
Perhaps the answer is to just try and get through the swims as best as I can, and then work towards a good technique and aim for longer distances next year, who knows I don’t.
The conclusion from this is that swimming is not easy and I want it to be!