Miles:
3911 total / 660 in 2014
Goal:

Barkley Fall Classic, Big Backyard Ultra

Chris Gkikas swam: This was humbling, an...

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blah First non-leisure swim. Ever. 500 yd 00:20 70:23 pace

This was humbling, and debunked my lifelong notion that I knew how to swim. I mean, I can avoid drowning, sure. But swimming for sport, with grace and power, is a technique of which I haven't a wit of knowledge. And that's why I have to learn to do it now. After watching a few Total Immersion freestyle videos on YouTube, I think I've found my new challenge.

  • Azaka R.
    Azaka R.

    Nice swim! I am going to try to learn how to swim this summer...i can float..thats about it! lol

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Chris G.
    Chris G.

    Lemme tell you, this is hard. I feel so uninformed, so clumsy. I'm at the absolute beginning of learning this skill, and that's pretty exciting.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Neil C.
    Neil C.

    Good luck! I suck at swimming. I breathe harder swimming 25 yards than running a 5K.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Rachel U.
    Rachel U.

    No worries Chris, it gets easier! When I started training for triathlon I discovered that swimming wasn't laying on an air mattress in the lake, but actual work. 2- half ironmans & several lake crossings later, I can't imagine swimming any other way!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Pierre M.
    Pierre M.

    You'll probably get good at it pretty fast. I really hate swimming so it's very difficult for me to keep doing it. Your speed was good.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Vano C.
    Vano C.

    Total Immersion made swimming a lot more fun for me. Take your time with those drills. It's really important to get your body horizontal to minimize drag. Swim fins can help you get the feel for gliding (and relieve some of the frustration at doing the drills at such a slow speed).

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Mary
    Mary You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    From one dog paddler to another, I feel you! My mum was a swimming teacher who did her best with me, but I am a flailer. Good luck with your new pursuit and enjoy it!!

    about 2 years ago

  • Ali
    Ali

    I could have written that post. That's me, exactly. And this lack of skill has discouraged me from triathlon! I'll learn eventually. Good for you for taking on a new challenge!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • April F.
    April F.

    I will be trying a little sport swimming while on vacation in FL in a couple weeks. My best friend has recently started swimming again (she used to in HS) and offered to do some laps with me. I have a feeling I will have the same humbling experience lol.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • David T.
    David T.

    You have taken on a challenge. Go for it. I am right where you are. Last summer I took a few lessons at age 63 and improved some.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Lisa H.
    Lisa H.

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Welcome to total immersion :)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person