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I just signed up for Swimplan.com (free swimming training plans), and even after the first one I can tell this is just what I need to get stronger and faster. Maybe this can help motivate you. There's nothing quite like someone else giving you instructions what to do next!
Short-term goal: 5lbs per month.
Rinse and repeat....
Well, good on you for doing tri's. I would if I could run, but my ankles and knees are... shot. I am currently training for an 8 mile swim. I am also a former competitive swimmer. Without looking at your stroke, it is hard to say, but the thing about breathing hard? If that is somehow holding you back, you need to look at how you are breathing because I personally breath ** very ** hard.
Are you holding your breath until your head is out of the water and then exhaling and inhaling all at once? If that is the case, you need to be exhaling during the entire stroke cycle. You breath and immediately start exhaling just as you would while running. By the time you cycle for air again, all that is left to do is breath IN.
Does this help?
Also, at 1500 meters, you'd have to take about 60 minutes to complete the distance for the sprinters to catch you. 1500 is nearly a mile and my current mile pace is right about 30 minutes or a little under. So if they start 30 minutes later and take 30 minutes, that's 60 minutes. Am I missing something? If this is indeed your pace, we should chat a little more about your stroke to see what can be improved...
Okay like I said in my intro, I do triathlons. Swimming is my least favorite event also my weakiest. Everyone tells me to just keep swimming and I will get faster. I have a 1500 meter swim coming up in 5 weeks. I currently swim twice a week in pool and once a week in open water. Do you think I should be swimming more? I just want to finish before the sprinters lap me (they start 30 minutes later). It isn't that I don't like the water and that I can't swim because I do and can. I think it is mainly that I don't push myself. I can't breathe hard like I do when I'm biking or running.
Anyway, just wondering......Oh to let you know I also bike 3 days a week and run 3 days a week. So yes I do doable up on my workouts!
“Don’t worry about the end-goal. That’s too much. Worry about what’s NEXT. And when you get there, find what’s next. Eventually, you’ll get where you need to be, but you’ll have done it in a much more reasonable manner.”