I can only do two lengths before needed a short rest.
Generally, my endurance is okay, I run 10km races and half marathons but I'm dreading this sprint triathlon as I'm looking to get off to a pretty rubbish start!
Well thats no fecking use is it!
You know its not endurance or aerobic capacity related (unless you do a 10km in 200m sections). So it is just technique or absence of it. If you can't or won't get lessons then you need to work at technique/breathing yourself. Slow down and focus on exhaling underwater and breathing in above water. Go so slow you don't need to stop after 2-lengths. Speed comes later. Removing stops is going to result in a quicker swim time than trying to speed up with stops.
Chances are you just need to relax, and not hold onto to C02 between strokes (the bursting/burning lung thing). And Breathe.
Note: do not leave T1 without your bike or T2 with your helmet on!
Yes it does catch the unwary out when supporting a race!
As for the arm. It was OK. On land the normal use of bending the elbow was fine. Swimming seemed to create some lateral/twisting forces to the elbow which was a bit more tender but on a scale of 1 to ouch it was OK. It has another weeks rest then its the 5k swimathon which will either make me cry or get me a medal (which will make me hero - officially). Its on my b-day so can't not to do it plus the kids are swimming.
As for training. Yes I am doing something akin to training. I can comfortably-ish run 5k in under 30-minutes and uncomfortably run 10k in 60 minutes, did 7.5 miles the other afternoon at same pace (so I could wing a half marathon and therefore also wing a HIM). Will probably do Helmsley 10k at Easter and have also entered Tour de Yorkshire.So hardly on top form (10k 48 minutes) but some progress at least.
And I know the difference between a 60-minute shuffle and close to a 50-minute run isn't massive in terms of fitness for me. Not that there is a defined definition but I seem to go from a jog to a run and drop about 45secs/mile quite quickly. Something to do with pushing off and increasing stride length I presume. But lets not get ahead of myself.
At the moment I'm happy to be finding the time and getting out there. I have my eye on the LDWA 100 coming to Yorkshire in 2017 after pulling out of the LDWA 100 in Surrey.
Lakes/Rivers are horrid dirty places, pools are worse! We don't feel the need to fill lakes with Chlorine before swimming unlike pools. No issues at all with open water swimming.
Weils disease is pretty rare and pretty hard to get. Its not impossible to get but plenty of things are worse and easier to get (not swimming/water related). People just obsess about Weils as it involves the word rat - note to self wife mentioned dead rat by stables must pick it up and pop it in the bin.
So I fell and hurt myself whilst doing something magnificent that would leave you all in awe (going down the stairs).
This was a couple of weeks ago, it swelled up something chronic and was x-rayed a few days later - not broken. (I had previously fractured my ulna some 20-years earlier and thought it was OK for three weeks so x-ray was probably wise). Swelling has gone down and no issues with range of movement or pain from movement.
It is now heavily bruised (my body telling me something), with bruises down the inside and rear of the forearm, about half way to hand and above elbow on inside/back of upper arm. The bruises are sore if poked but fine if left alone and everyday arm use isn't hampered.
I've been running a few times since with no problems but contemplating swimming again. Obviously if it hurt I would stop but there is no movement pain and only normal bruise pain from poking some parts of the bruise.
Any idea if I'll be slowing recovery from training with nasty bruising or am I good to go as swelling has gone.