While driving to practice, SwimmerNephew asked if I knew what IM was. I sure did!
Oh no, that's not what he was talking about.
I may not have known what the letters stood for (still don't), but I did know what the terminology meant. It meant you had to do all 4 strokes. Hey, I watched the Olympics! He then asked me what order you do the strokes in. Hmm, I might have fallen asleep during the Olympics IM races.
Once we got to the pool, I pulled TriGuy aside and conveyed to him my true feelings about this swim practice.
To start with, I did not understand what was written on the board.
I skipped anything that started in 'butter' and ended in 'fly'. (Just kidding. All the people in the know just say "fly".)
I immediately hopped into the super-slow lane while the coach went over the warm-up board. It consisted of roughly 1000 laps. I was 1000% certain I would not be doing the 'main' drill work.
As she quickly reviewed the warm-up, here is what I heard:
It was followed by 5x50 'fly'.
I just went ahead and skipped that one altogether.
Then we did arms only with a buoy between our legs. This was a first for TriGuy, who was swimming in the lane next to me. He took to it like a...well, like a fish to water.
And thus ended the WARM-UP.
The main workout started with butterfly kick on our backs for 25 metres, followed by vertical butterfly kicks, followed by 75 metres of long free stroke. Repeat x4.
I patiently waited for my modifications.
The coach (bless her heart) did some quick calculations and devised my own personal workout: freestyle kick on my back for 25 metres, followed by 5 bobs, followed by 75 metres of freestyle. Repeat x4.
We were swimming in an outdoor pool, so knowing how well I do with swimming in a straight line, I tried to lift my head--otter-like--while I swam on my back, to make sure I wasn't too off-track.
This may seem familiar to you.
I dutifully bobbed at the end of the pool, and somehow came up with a noseful of water, which then dripped into my throat and led to a coughing fit.
I totally fit right in.
It was shortly after this that TriGuy, SwimmerBro, and SwimmerNephew looked over from their Speedy McSpeedster lane and shouted:
I gave them a big ol' thumbs up.
After 3 (not 4) reps, the coach came back and offered more modifications, telling me to skip the reverse IM 200 altogether. No problemo, I hadn't noticed it anyway. Then she asked:
...of fury? No? Then no.
She explained it and said it would give me a good sense of where I was in the water.
Apparently "all over the place" is where I am.
Then she had me do a one-arm-at-a-time-stroke-with-the-
The coach did suggest remembering to use my core to keep my feet from dragging, because I was basically swimming uphill and that created a lot more work. And I was supposed to swim downhill this year.
At the end of all this, I had a warm down of 50 free (50 metres of front crawl) at any pace I wanted. The coach gave me some parting encouragement:
Bless her kind, teenage heart.
I have to say that despite my difficulties, I really did like the idea of this group. I usually take a lot of breaks during my swim because I'm doing the same thing over and over. Not only did I swim the furthest I ever have in the shortest amount of time, it showed me some different things to do that I am sure will only help build my triathlon swimming skills (once my PT helps me fix my shoulder).
Now, I just have to find out if my local group will be as understanding as the guys' group when I explain my situation.
UPCOMING POSTS: HOW I TORTURE MYSELF, RACE RECAP, WHAT I'M DOING AT PT AGAIN, AND MUSIC WHILE RUNNING(a post about earphones that I promise will be fun!)
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