>Cross Training>adding swimming to my running (a little long sorry)
First or last...it's the same finish line
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.