January 24, 2013 by IowaTriBob
Ever since I was young I can remember going to the public swimming pool. Like most kids I never went to swim, just to socialize with others, horseplay in the pool, and act crazy on the diving boards (mainly to impress, and try to soak, all the girls sun bathing around the deep end).
I’ve shared before but it wasn’t until this past summer that I actually tried to swim my first laps in a pool and although I’ve greatly improved from that first excruciating 200 yard swim, swimming is still just so hard…
Case in point – today I had my first 1000 yard swim time trial. I had done a 500 yard time trial twice before but this was my first time doing it at 1000 yards. The workout consisted of a 600 yard warm up of swim and kick drills, the 1000 yard time trial, 3×200 yard pulls, and a 100 yard cool down.
The results of my time trial and 100 splits were:
2:02 – 2:05 – 2:05 – 2:07 – 2:08 – 2:08 – 2:07 – 2:07 – 2:01 – 1:51
For an average of 2:04 per 100 with my total time being 20:41.
The results were pretty disappointing and I realized when I finished that I could and should have pushed harder but never having done a 1000 trial before I was a little afraid of gassing half way through and not finishing. However, even if I had pushed harder it still wouldn’t have been a dramatic improvement as my fastest 100 yard ever has been 1:38 and my last 500 trial averaged just over 1:50 per 100.
Now don’t get me wrong. Coming from a non swimming background and only starting to swim this past summer I feel pretty good about where I’m at today but the results are still very slow, hard to come by, and have taken a lot of work to get to this point.
This is especially true when I compare it to my son’s YMCA meets that I’ve been taking him to over the past month or two. Even at his age group the kids are swimming like fish. This past week most of the 11-12 boys were swimming the 100 yard free in less than 1:30 pace with some a lot faster. Absolutely amazing!
I’m just in awe of those that find swimming so natural and you can instantly spot them in the pool. Their stroke is so fluid and their speed is nothing short of shark-like. This definitely isn’t me and the swim has been both the most rewarding to learn but also the hardest for me to improve.
Like anything else I’m sure it just takes continued hard work, effort, and dedication to putting the time in the pool to ensure the improvements continue to happen.
Are you a natural swimmer? If not, has swimming been the hardest for you to improve?