I recommend that all runners who are able to swim to use swimming as their cross training. You can keep swimming until you are very old, but running is difficult. Take your time and be patient with improving your swim. Swimming is the BEST! Triathlons are a blast. Good luck!
Husband and father of 4
I miss swimming. I swam as a kid/teenager. As an adult, every time I join a gym with a pool, or the YMCA, it's a nightmare...A total army of old people. I'm not the fastest swimmer, but can't stand having some old dude doing the sidestroke in my lane.
I would swim everyday if I had a free lane.... How do yo guys do it?
HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer
It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.
I discovered that I don't get quite enough oxygen when I'm flip-turning at the end.
I suspect that might be a lot faster than I would go in open water tho, with no flip turns or pushing off side, and with waves, and with probably having to correct my direction, and whatnot.)
I swim at a local rec center...the only problem with this is that often I am the *only* one in the pool and the guards sit there and watch. I just want to pop my head out of the water and say, "I know I suck! I'm a runner NOT a swimmer! "
"I know I suck! I'm a runner NOT a swimmer! "