My swim journey - Alex Parren
28th October 2017
Just like when learning to ride a road bike, there are so many things you just don’t consider when you first start. For example, whenever I have been swimming before I breathe out of my mouth and wear a nose plug to stop water shooting through my sinuses (very painful, would not recommend.) Gill told me straight away we wouldn’t be using the nose plug and we practice breathing out through my nose with just my head in the water. What a revelation! It’s so much easier! I just never knew that’s how you do it because I’d never been taught.
Being able to watch back my technique in real-time on the screen was amazing, too. This is a fantastic feature and benefit of getting private lessons with Gill and Dawn as it means you don’t pick up any bad habits and you can tweak any things you have maybe misunderstood or perhaps things you thought you were doing right but actually weren’t working as you thought. I’m so glad I went to Tri N Swim well and not to a generic swimming class and I think I would’ve picked up some bad habits and it wouldn’t have been tailored to my specific needs.
I had an absolute blast and really enjoyed the lesson. I’d been putting it off for so long and almost dreading it, but swimming is great! Well, when you do it properly! It’s amazing how different it is to learn to swim with proper technique like an athlete for a sport rather than flailing around just to stay afloat. Front crawl is incredibly simple in reality and if you’re knackered after a few lengths, it definitely means you’re doing it wrong.
I’ve got my drills from Gill to practice in my local pool and then I’ll be back for my next lesson to learn some more. I’m really confident about the swimming element now which means I’ve got a great chance of having a successful triathlon!