Friday, May 1, 2009
Swim: endless pool
I don't talk much about swimming. (Last blog entry on the topic here.) But I believe I've mentioned before that I'm an extremely poor swimmer. Despite fit enough to ride a bike at a fitness level, e.g. be RAAM qualified (twice) or place in an unsanctioned race. And despite possessing enough endurance and stamina to complete a marathon any day of the week, I've never attempted a triathlon. It's not because I don't want to. It's because I've never been good enough to complete the swim leg of a triathlon (never mind ironnman distance). Basically, the puzzle is I get out of breath quickly, and I'm so slow, they'll be taking down the bike course before I get to transition 1, i.e. before I'm done with the swim leg. Obviously, I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong. Recently, I got the unique opportunity to record my swim stroke. I was fortunate enough recently to stay at a hotel that had two endless pools: these are short pools with an adjustable current. Since an endless pool permits swimming without actually moving, I set up my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 (discussed here earlier) next to the pool to record my stroke. Comments? And suggestions for improvement greatly appreciated.