Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How about a bit of speed?

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.




  1. Congrats! That is a huge difference. I am such a poor swimmer... I just don't enjoy it at all

  2. That is SO awesome!! I am not a speedy swimmer at at all, but I was hoping to shave off a few minutes at my 1/2 this year. I've been doing my drills this year instead of ignoring them, so we'll see how that translates.

  3. That is awesome! You are going to Rock It in June.

  4. Great job! It's amazing what good technique will do!!

  5. That is a huge improvement! Very impressive.

  6. That is AWESOME!!! I'm so jealous! I swim a 500 in about 14-15 minutes too and would love to shave some time of that. Any pointers - send them my way. I wish I could find a class to take around here - but nothing outside of getting a coach and I just can't afford that.

  7. Fantastic!!!!

    I don't know why I'm not getting my updates when you post but I'm going to have to figure it out....I don't want to miss this stuff!!!