>Cross Training>adding swimming to my running (a little long sorry)
First or last...it's the same finish line
Fundraising for the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus at the Scotiabank Toronto (half) marathon (hope that link works)
A Saucy Wench
I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets
"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7
It's funny. Sometimes (okay more than I'm willing to admit actually) I forget to KICK! I'm concentrating on breathing right and hitting the water right on my arm strokes then all of a sudden I think "I'm pretty sure my legs should be doing something!
I know I'm piping in a little late, but I'd like to add that I swear by Triathlon Swimming Made Easy by Terry Laughlin. It saved my butt (and probably my wallet, since I ended up not hiring a swim coach) this past year.
I don't know how you are with biking, but I wouldn't sweat the need to get the swimming up to a high level, especially not at the expense of trying to get better on the bicycle. Even a HIM only has a 1.2 (or so) mile swim, which is comparatively short compared to the bike/run distances. Any speed you gain in the water is not going to get you nearly as far as gaining speed on land will. Just a thought from someone who is terrible on the bike.