At this past Ironman Arizona, I set a new PR for the swim portion (and for every other part of the race too!). My time was 1:19:47, which for me is pretty fast. I knew how to swim growing up, but not properly. So, when I decided to do an Ironman, I teamed up with The Captain, who swam in high school, and started working on my technique. From where I started, I can notice a huge difference, but I know that I still have a long way to go.
I took a few weeks off after the Ironman and didn't do any scheduled training. I just simply did something if I felt like it. Since I am not a big fan of swimming, I didn't do any swimming...until last week, which was just shy of 4 weeks post Ironman! I met The Captain up at LA Fitness for a short, but hard swim workout, with a nice and easy 6 mile brick run to follow.
I should start this by explaining that there were two goals for this particular swim. First was to remember how to swim. Second was to try and replicate a swim workout that The Captain and I had done just four days before the Ironman. In short, he tried to kill me during that swim and was attempting to do it again. Well, I was actually pleasantly surprised with what transpired during our first swim of this new season. We did 4 sets of 5 laps, finishing in 4:10, 4:08, 4:07, and 3:56 respectively. And we only took thirty seconds of rest between each set! I am 100% positive that I have never swam that fast before. Again, maybe it's not super fast, but for me it's pretty darn good.
About a week later, I got up at 5 a.m. and headed over to the pool for some laps. I didn't have The Captain there to pace me, but I still swam much faster than I normally do. Which makes me very optimistic for my near future. I'm not going to get my hopes up quite yet of anything spectacular for IMCdA, because it is 6 months away. My hope is that I can continue my swim training, and not push it to the side like I normally do when my training volume starts to increase. Only time will tell!