Last summer I talked to Vardotrichic who suggested I get a kick board and practice breathing in the water. I did that ... not so successfully. I just need experience in the water with this. I remember her saying Mr. Vardotrichic struggled swimming one lap when he started training so I mentally go back to that - this is possible I just have to believe and keep working on it.
I tried the kick board a bit and tried putting my face in the water, but I think I subconsciously have a fear of drowning or something. I just can't seem to make it work. I get frustrated too, because I know I can go much faster on my back or on my tummy with my head out of the water pushing my hands to the side in a big circle.
About half way through the swim I realized the pool was humped in the middle so I would swim/walk the laps. I think I can walk about as fast as Vardotrichic can swim! lol I kept going back to the crawl trying to work on that, but always went back to the breast stroke because that's my fall-back. Time to check out some tutorials!
Three realizations this morning: 1) my body rotates in the water with every stroke. 2) my right side is definitely dominate! I was always running into the ropes. Once I compensated a bit for this I got a little better 3) I still need lots of practice, but I WILL conquer this!
today's mileage: 1300m swim
weekly mileage: 0 miles running; 0 miles riding; .8125 mile swim
monthly mileage: 13 miles running; 35 miles riding
annual mileage: 259 miles running; 114 miles riding
TOTAL mileage: 383