When I decided to do my first Triathlon in May of '09 I was an extremely poor swimmer and really had not even tried to swim a lap since I was a 7-year old kid trying to obtain my Tadpole Badge from the local YMCA. I was terrified of doing the 500-meter swim so I spent a lot of time in the pool trying to learn how to swim freestyle. All that time in the pool got me through the swim in my first Tri but the 2:37/100y split was just slow and I knew if I wanted to get faster it was going to take a lot of hard work.
Not being one to back down from a challenge I joined a Master's Class at the LifeTime Fitness and started swimming regularly. Many of you may remember that from June to November last year I consistently put in 10,000-12,000 yards per week and blogged about seeing some improvements in the pool. I have a really great coach who makes minor changes from time-to-time and I am feeling very good about my swim.
Right now I am averaging about 1:35/100 but know I can still get a lot faster. I "feel" good in the pool right now but being that I am a visual type of learner it makes it easier for me to make corrections if I can "see" my stroke for myself. So on Tuesday my buddy Dave took a couple videos of me doing a few lengths and I thought you all might enjoy seeing these as well.
These are at 4:45am on a Tuesday morning, be gentile on my scrappy appearance Video #1
Many of you readers have awesome swim experience and knowledge and I'd love to hear some critiques. I am not sensitive and encourage constructive criticism so please don't hold back. I have already taken a few notes myself so it would be great to compare.
Only regret is I never took a video of my stroke back when I first began.