OK here goes! My biggest challenge to date. If I want to get into Triathlons next year then I need to learn to swim. Its been more than 15 years since I actively swam and I never really attempted to learn freestyle (preferred breast stroke). But the time has come for me to learn freestyle and I fully acknowledge that its going to be my biggest challenge to date in my currently active fitness ambition, but I'm got my heart and mind set on it and I know I can achieve it.
At the time of writing this post I can only do 1 lap (25m) comfortably and non-stop and am aware that to do half ironmans i need to do 80 laps comfortably in a 25m pool :)
I currently find the breathing very hard to master as its completely different to my other sports. But this only means that I'm going to have to work harder in my swimming and i know once I master my breathing then it's just stamina and strength so I'm looking forward to that stage.
My current best swimming times are:
(Again I'm going to maintain a complete history so I can see how the far I've come :)
25m (2 December 2008 - Training - 1 lap of 25m)
150m (17 December 2008 - Training - 6 laps of 25m)
175m (18 December 2008 - Training - 7 laps of 25m)
I know I'm going to look back at this one day and be very amused and proud. I will end this post with one of my favorite sayings ever which I feel in suitable in describing my ambition in achieving this goal.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I just read this today after almost 2 years and i'm still strugging with the swims, but i will keep trying and not give up. My latest post on swimming is here with a program I am now following - http://newbreedofgeek.blogspot.com/2010/10/extreme-beginner-triathlon-swimming.html