It is seventeen weeks until the Boulder Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run). This week is an overload week meaning I am doing significantly more training than usual (totaling about 15 hours) and then will back off a lot as I get ready for a half marathon next weekend.
As part of the training I went to the Colorado University Sports Medicine Department and specifically to the Swim Lab for help with my swimming. It is an amazing facility. I swam in a continuous pool with cameras above and to each side with mirrors on the bottom. That configuration allows the instructor to film you swimming and then do a slow-motion analysis of every aspect of your swim and compare that aspect to how real swimmers do it.
My instructor is Chloe Sutton, 2-time Olympian and 5-time national champion in pool and open water swimming. She is very patient with me and I need her to be. I can’t imagine how I managed to muscle my way around the 2.4-mile Ironman swim. I swim TERRIBILY. I am embarrassed by what the film shows and promise you it will never, ever be posted on FB.
Now it is back to basics fixing everything about my swim.