Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Swimming in a triathlon

Tri-ing Not to Think about the Swim?

I came across this article today about a guy who put off triathlons for
13 years because he was afraid of the swim. I find that though I did
not procrastinate for 13 years, I have much of the same feelings as he
does about the swim. I'm glad that I've started training for the swim,
and I am definitely progressing, but I am still nervous to do the swim
in September. Luckily, I've got another smaller triathlon coming up in
April. I'll be able to see how my progression is coming. It's also in a
pool, which should be much easier than the open water.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Triathlon Training Update

In preparation for the triathlon in September, I started swimming at the South Davis Recreation Center. The first time I went, I went with Gordon, and he gave me some tips on how to breathe to the side, on how to stay horizontal, etc. That first time it was complete misery. I was so tired when I was done, and I only did 400 yards.

Then, I went again during the week, and only swam 450 yards, and the breathing was still very difficult as I was getting a lot of water in when I would turn my head to breathe. I also got very tired very quickly. I imagine it's just using muscles that I don't use running or biking, and they tire quickly. I called Gordon after I was done, and mentioned the difficulty breathing. He said that I need to rotate my body a little so that my arm is actually a little bit underneath my body rather than on the side. Makes sense to me, why didn't I think of that?

The third time that I went was on Monday. I concentrated very hard on doing the things that Gordon has taught me, including rotating my body. I have to say, I was amazed at how well I did. I was able to get good breaths, and able to swim a decent distance (for me) without getting too tired. Total distance was 550 yards. I felt very good after swimming and was so excited to go back and swim some more. I don't see myself ever getting to Gordon's level, but swimming is definitely a very good workout, but doesn't put a lot of stress on the joints.

Training for the triathlon continues to progress. I find myself being able to swim, bike, and run longer and faster with less energy required. The only thing that is a bit frustrating is that the weight loss does not seem to be coming as fast as I wish it would, even though I can tell a difference. Stacey and I have been limiting ourselves to one "cheat day" a week. Our "cheat day" is the day that we can have a treat. We have also been trying very hard to limit late night eating as well as portion control, which is probably my biggest weakness. I guess I'll just have to keep working at it.