it is just practise and keeping at it. Breathing was the problem for me...still is...I found that as I turn my head to take in a breath, I need to start breathing out immediately and I breathe every 4th stroke, (occasionally I stick in a gasp after 2 or 3 if need be)... that helped with breathing problems...I now have to improve my fitness and confidence. I've been going twice a week since January and it's improving. Oddly, running to the pool made swimming easier.
I know it's frustrating, I did a marathon last year, but can barely do 8 lengths without dying.
It is just keeping at it and suddenly it'll click.
it took about 3 hours to warm up...drove home with the heaters on, got home hot shower, bowl of soup, four layers and a hat. Ooh, I've just looked at the official results...4th last! woo! doing the black and yellow proud!
Ooh, that was cold! I wasn't last out of the pool! But the swim was pretty rubbish. Last year I picked off most of my wave on the bike but this year they must have been doing that training thing cos I only got two. it was really cold so I struggled to get the legs going run. Overall 1hr 43 which is 10 minutes slower than last year.
It was a pretty big field compared to previous years and everyone seemed to fit and eager which is great. I spoke to loads of novice racers who were there to see how it goes, i think most of them enjoyed it although a couple of blokes did a complete change of clothes in transition which was interesting and one lass put her bike helmet on and then couldnt understand why she couldnt get her bike top over her head . My race was pants but it was a fun day. Did I mention how cold it was?