Since my foot injury, I’ve had a hard time working out. It seems every good cardio activity requires me to be on my feet. So I decided I’d try swimming. My gym has 2 very nice pools. I should be clear, I’m not a swimmer. I don’t especially like swimming. I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m sure it shows.
I started about a month ago, and was able to swim about 3 full laps which was about 150 yards. Not very good. I thought I was going to die, literally sometimes. I’m glad I can’t see what I look like when I swim, because I should probably be embarrassed.
Yesterday, I swam about 20 laps for 1,000 yards. I’m very happy about those results. It took me about 52 minutes to complete that swim so I still have a lot of things to work on. Since I have plenty of time between laps while I gasp for air, I watch the other swimmers. There are apparently a lot of really good swimmers where I work. Everyone seems to have a really good understanding of how to not look stupid while they swim. Even the bigger guys seems to swim really fast and efficiently compared to me.
I’ve picked up a few good ideas that I’ve tried that have been helping me breath more efficiently and consistently. I found slowing down my legs and arms saved me a lot of energy which has allowed me to increase my distance. I’ve even taken to the Internet to find videos of how to swim better. So far the most helpful one is this one. They showed pretty much all the things I’m doing wrong, and thus, what you should be doing. I’ll have to give these tips a try.
The tips seem simple enough, but again, I’m not a swimmer, and I don’t like drowning, so I don’t know how easy it’s going to be for me to keep my head down. Hopefully I can do this, so I can start seeing even more progress.
Do any of you have good tips beyond what is in this video? How have you improved your swimming? I appreciate any help I can get.