I went to my first team swim practice on Monday night. And I SURVIVED! Who would have thought.
Turns out, I’m better at swimming than I thought. I kept up with the team. Apparently, my form was good enough to not warrant participation in the “needs extra help group”. Not that anything is wrong with needing extra help…I’m just thankful that what I’ve been doing for the past month has been correct.
I learned what “sculling” is and I got a “great job!” from my coach after doing it. (Yes, I WAS that 2nd grader that loved getting stars on my homework, how did you know?) We did vertical sculling and sculling with our heads out of the water, and underwater, and sculling on our backs…so much sculling! Yay sculling!
Not sure what sculling is? (Is that word starting to sound strange to anyone else?) Well now that I’m an expert, I will enlighten you. (Read: I had to Google it to make sure I was spelling it right, who knows if I know what I’m talking about.)
This is what it looks like:
Why do we do this drill? Essentially, to improve efficiency and strength in the water. According to Triathlete Europe, “Sculling encourages movements of the hand that help improve the feel for the water and the ability to hold on to the water.”
Perfect. I might need something to hold when I get tired in the water. (HAHA. KIDDING. FUNNY.)
So, I learned about swimming drills. They are legit. Fab.
Last night, I did a 5 mile run in Central Park. (Did anyone else notice that it was still light out at 5:30PM!? Wonderful, wonderful longer days.) I apprehensively used my RunKeeper app because I forgot my Garmin at home. I ended up having an awesome run…but can I trust RunKeeper’s splits? How accurate are they?
I felt great…minus the fact that I had to walk through a swamp during mile 2 because I made a stupid decision to try to trek through the icy/muddy reservoir. The only place that got me was walking in ankle deep ice cold snow puddles. And with a slower split. No bueno.
I like seeing the 8s! Perhaps my lack of speedwork won’t totally ruin my sub-2 NYC Half goal. Could it be that all the cycling and swimming are helping my speed? (90 minutes on the bike trainer is no joke!) We shall see!
Tonight included some intervals on the bike trainer while I watched my roommates eat pizza. Torture.
And now, I will leave you with Wyatt the FaceTiming dog. (And The Don AKA my Dad too!)
Please disregard my wet, scraggly hair.
So tell me: what are your thoughts on swimming? Can you teach me a thing or two? (I know Erin can!) Do you think the RunKeeper app is accurate? (Please say yes.) Do you have a time machine that can take me back to college (but only if I can “know what I know now” of course)?