Totally agree, I hate swimming, well hate is a strong word but I really don’t look forward to it however I am conscious I really need to work my nuts off to get anywhere, fortunately I have some great mentors in my tri club that will constantly give me little snippets of advice when they see me going wrong.
I took the view get the first Ironman out the way now I will learn to swim properly and hopefully shave some time off my previous best, but I would have never dreamed of this a couple of years ago.
This really isn’t a “blow your own trumpet post” I just want to let any lurkers or newcomers to this thread realise it does eventually come true, you will swim !!!
2 years ago following a running injury/operation I was persuaded to attempting to learn to swim, I could not put together 25 meters breast stroke let alone front crawl, I am still to this day not a natural swimmer and have to work hard 2-3 times a week but I have recently completed my first Ironman (swim 1.23) not great, I know I can do better but from where I was it is OK, so what I’m trying to say if I can do it you can,
I’m mid forties’ish and as I said not a natural athlete but if you work at it and pick up the tips along the way believe me you will get there.
Crudely I’ve owned a bike for less than a year, it didn’t move from Xmas till June, I have done 3 x 25 mile rides, 1 x10 mile TT and 2 x 25 mile TT + 1 Olympic Tri since then, so not a great weekly average but even on that I don’t feel I’m improving, will hour on the turbo help or is there no substitute for getting out on the road ???