Thursday, December 12, 2013
Okay, so as the running streak ends, I should at least note that I've made progress in one respect. I mentioned earlier that I've been taking a swim class. The theory was that unlike running and biking, where improvements are likely to be marginal, with swimming there was some real room for improvement. Or, to put it another way, I was pretty sure I was doing it wrong. Well, last night was the last class, so we compared our time for an "all out" 200 to the time we swam at the beginning of the class. I improved from 3:42-3:21. This is nothing to write home about, but I can see places where it would improve further. My kick is still a mess. I'm still balancing cadence and glide. There's plenty more to do, but it's not nothin'. On the other hand, this also emphasizes the conundrum of the swim in tri. Ten seconds per hundred is a big improvement. It adds up to 2.5 minutes in an actual race . . . That's not nuthin' either, but it's within the race to race variation for the other events . . . I guess the hope is that get to the point where I stay with the pack, feel comfortable drafting, etc. there will be some synergies.