I've been concerned all along that the tri swim course I'm doing is making me a better swimmer, but not a faster one. Last night I got proved dead wrong on that count.
September was when I first proved myself capable of swimming a straight 500 metres, and I did it in 15 minutes, 30 seconds.
By the end of December, no matter how hard I tried or how much I swam, I was able to cut less then a minute off that time, finishing it in about 15 minutes.
I timed myself a few times early in the course, hoping the first few technique improvements would make a huge difference. I still couldn't go faster then 14 minutes, so I decided to stop screwing myself up by timing myself, and go back to focusing on technique.
Last night, we did a timed 500 swim. I finished it in TWELVE minutes, and EIGHT seconds.
I did it almost 3 minutes faster then I could do it four months ago when I started this program. That's 20 percent! A potential 3 minutes off my sprint finish time, and 9 minutes off my olympic.