If only I could be half of that dugong. Yeah, flabby and yet able to swim proper
I am hitting the panic button now. Honestly, there is no short cut to be good at something. Most definitely not at swimming. Having no formal training in swimming and relying solely on youtube and plenty of trial and errors, I thought I could swim. And I left it so late to start training on correcting my strokes and breathing synchronization. Yup, I only started it like 3 weeks ago.
And I am most certainly paying for it now! I had quite a number of 1km swims in the last 3 weeks. No, I lied. I only had three 1km swims with a paltry time of between 27 to 30mins. Yeah, slow like a snail. Just last week I seemed to have picked up a shoulder injury that caused a sharp pain every time I rotate my arms. And it didn't go away the next day. Nor the next 3 days. Desperation haunted me. Can't do much but rest and some ointment to heal it.
And that brings us to today. For the 1st time, I managed to clock 30 laps of 50m. Which translates to exactly 1.5km. This I had done without looking at my watch for the timing or number of laps. Just went with the feel. Pain in shoulders were gone. Phew. But it took me a long 44mins to complete 1.5km swim. There were some pauses in between laps to catch me breath. Terrible.
Still, I am out of time. Come Sunday, I will just have to manage that 1.5km swim one way or the other. I'm putting in a max of 60mins to complete that. And hope I don't get whacked left right and center. Obviously, I would start way behind in the swim discipline. Finishing the swim and finishing the tri would be my objective. The first is automatically a PB lol.
Note: Swimming on a 5 foot deep swimming pool was easy. Anything happens, i just stand up and catch my breath. Swimming in an endless depth lake? *big gulps comes to mind*. It will be sleepless nights till this Sunday for me. Feels just like when I first broke my virginity in a full marathon at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010.