As of the 1st of the year, I could only swim 10 yards. A week before the triathlon, I was able to swim 450 yards without stopping. Granted, this was the backstroke, but it was still swimming.
I'm still learning to swim the crawl. I bought a video and book from an author named Terry Laughlin. He specializes in teaching people how to swim long distances with a minimum of effort. The lessons have been good, but I am still having trouble getting the breathing right.
However, the basic premises of his methods work just fine for the backstroke as well. So, this winter, I will be working a lot more on the crawl.
I did finish the triathlon.
Since I started 7 minutes after the clock started, I received a time of 1:19:16. This put me in the top 100 out of 397 finishers. I achieved my goal of finishing a triathlon before I turned 50.
Good things about the triathlon:
- Good snacks
- Early start
- Lots of supporters
- Biking in wet shorts
- Running in wet shorts
- Running after biking. I much prefer biking after running in the triathlons.