Posted: 10/03/2014 at 17:26
Pippi LS I started doing 1 length at a time and decreasing the break until it was non-existent, soon you'll be able to do 2 lengths no break even if you only manage this once in a session to begin with and just carry on slowly increasing what you can do. I can now do 12 lengths of FC straight off with no break (as long as I don't go too fast!). I've just learnt proper Breast Stroke so I built up just doing Front Crawl. I sound a bit like an asthmatic frog when doing breast stroke but am getting there with the breathing on that one too now! My swimming teacher now says I am doing really good front crawl and breast stroke so I have a schedule to do in the pool, I can't do it all yet but yesterday I did clock up 2km for the first time ever! Once I've recovered from my injury I'm looking forward to learning back stroke, butterfly (why not!) and tumble turns... I currently just do "touch turns" between lengths.
I also like to have a clear run, it can be quite tricky in an evening when there's only one lane and the open swimming area as the lane can be full of fast people who I can't keep up with and the open bit is full of kids, families, chatty ladies... Why do people seem to wait until I'm 3/4 of the way into a length to start swimming at me too? I wear the most garish brightly coloured swimming hat so that people can spot me a mile off and still they try to swim at me!