This pretty much sums up my feelings about swimming:
Yes, I tried to swim today. I bought a Nike swimsuit from Costco for $30 a week ago and went to the pool for lane swim today. I was able to go during the day, so it wasn't too busy. I went to the SLOW lane and bravely tried to do the front crawl that I learned in swimming lessons as an 8-year-old. *Cough cough* *Sputter* That stings! Water up my nose! Okay, keep going. By the time I got to the other end (25m), I was breathing heavily and my arms were sore. Okay, that was just sad. And apparently, I don't like putting my face in the water. I don't like getting water up my nose! I continued, doing mostly backstroke, for about 30min. I had to pause at the end of each length...mostly because I was tired, but also because I had to psyche myself up to get going again. I swam a total of 600m. I didn't enjoy it.
Maybe I am not destined to become a triathlete. Then again, did I really enjoy running at first? No, but I stuck with it and was encouraged by my gradual improvement. If I can drag myself to the pool again, maybe I will do a little better next time.
I am determined to cross-train. Swimming should help to tone my upper body (I need to look good in my strapless wedding dress in 3.5 months...), and cycling should help with my leg strength. I don't have a bike yet, so I am using the stationary bike for now. My current training schedule looks like:
Mon - bike 30 min
Tues - run 30 min
Wed - off
Thurs - run 30 min
Fri - swim 30 min
Sat - run 45 min
Sun - off
The run times will increase as I feel more confident in my IT band. The bike time is limited by my lunchbreak, but the swim time may increase once I get the hang of swimming. If I do end up buying a bike, I will probably throw in a ride on the weekend.
I hope that my new training approach will keep me injury-free!