This week I completed my second swimming lesson. If you have been following the blog, you know that I am training for my very first triathlon! The date is TBD, but will be in 2018. The swimming portion of a triathlon has always been my reason for not doing one, so I am changing that! I was able to swim prior to the lessons and can tread water like nobody’s business, but I never learned how to swim with my face in the water and breathe. I want to be able to swim laps for fitness and to be able to train and compete in a triathlon.
The Good News!
I went to the gym today to practice swimming and for the first time EVER I can swim a full length of the pool! The lessons have taught me to breathe and proper form to prevent injury. Most importantly I am learning confidence in my swimming! I will continue to work on stroke technique and building endurance. One of the key takeaways from my lesson this week, is that even if I don’t have the endurance to lap swim continuously for any given length of time, I can still work on my leg kicks and arms to build strength and endurance.
The Bad News
I am still struggling with “goggle face”. I am utterly unrecognizable after a swim due to the hideous goggle marks on my face! It doesn’t feel so great either. After posing a meme of my goggle face on Instagram, a good friend of mine asked if I was pushing the goggles to my face to get more suction. (I was). So she suggested I just let the goggles sit on my face and not push them. The pull of the strap should be enough to prevent water from coming in. I am SO hoping that this works!! I am so thankful for any help on this journey and this is just proof that I’m not afraid to fall on my face publicly :). I hope others can learn along with me, or at least get a good laugh as I plug along.