The breathing took a little to get going, but by about the 3rd lap I had something that worked. I mentally kept going back to pointers from the vardos. I finally figured out I had to "snort" right before coming out of the water: blowblowblowblowSNORT. I think that also helped to blow some of the water off my face so I could take a breath. I had a few times when I accidentally sucked in some water, but didn't panic, just snorted and kept going. That is a huge step forward!
While I should be taking one breath to every 3 strokes, I think my breathing isn't quite that good yet so I did a lap breathing on the right, then one on the left, with a breath every 2 strokes. This made me notice something else and I was able to breath without lifting my head straight out of the water. I had to consciously think about rotating my head to wet the top/back of my head, but it worked. I know every time I lift it out. I guess being conscious of it is the first step to making that change. It's by no means perfect, but definitely an improvement!
The goggles were great! I think this has made a big difference, too. I am still shocked that I have a fear of water, well at least drowning. I'm not sure where this originated, but it still haunts me a bit. Being able to see where I am and where I'm going is a good thing. I love seeing the bottom of the pool. Unfortunately, I also see a ton of floaties in the water. yuck! That's really disgusting. The first few times to the deep end I panicked however. There was such a huge drop-off! I wanted to suck in a big mouthful of air, but was underwater so that obviously didn't work too well. After a few laps, I calmed down and was able to get past that hurdle.
To keep from getting tired, I walked the hump and swam the deep. The pool is humped and it's more shallow in the middle. This is when I would walk. The ends are deeper so I would breath during the deeper ends. Eventually I was able to go farther and farther into the shallow. I think I could have gone the full 50m of the pool, but I didn't want to wear out before I was done.
I tried a lap without the kickboard and wow that was different. I realized I really push down on the kickboard when I'm taking a stroke. As soon as one arm left the water, the other started downward. Yeah, even I know I need to keep my arm straight out in front. This will be my next hurdle to cross. I CAN DO THIS!
OK wait a minute. I went to the group swim today for the Iron Hawk Challenge. Yeah, I was pooped. I think I'll have a nap.
today's mileage: 3600m swimming (2.25 miles)
weekly mileage: 7 miles running; 3700m swimming; 27 riding
monthly mileage: 32 miles running; 102 miles riding; 3.375 miles swimming
annual mileage: 278 miles running; 181 miles riding; 3.375 miles swimming
TOTAL mileage: 469