Running comes somewhat naturally to me, or at least I think it does (probably because I have been doing it for so long!), but swimming is definitely another story. The first couple weeks I was in the pool, I just swam laps to get used to the feeling and the breathing. Then we started true workouts.( To see some of those workouts, check out Meghann’s Pinterest Board.) It was super hard at first (and still is!) but with the coaching of Felipe and Courtney, I am finally starting to see results. Courtney is an extraordinary swimmer, and has been crazy patient with me. She makes sure to look at my stroke above and below the water and let’s me know where I need to tweak it.
Court and Felipe gave me some great advice last week, and told me I was working way too hard with my stroke and not pulling my arms through the water nearly enough. Felipe took a few extra minutes with me, and something just clicked. I had been working so much harder than I needed to be, and not seeing the results. My elbows were not high enough, my hands entered the water too soon, and I was turning my whole body when I breathed – that’s a lot to work with! He altered my stroke just enough so that I am starting to become much more efficient, and I am finally starting to see my times drop – not to mention my arms do not get fatigued nearly as early as they used to. Win!!!
It is pretty amazing that making small changes can make such a big difference. Seriously! The same can be attributed to running too. I used to swing my arms across my body, which was a terrible way to expend energy. Now, I really focus on moving them front to back, instead of side to side – it’s just so much more natural. And yes, when you catch me in the latter part of a marathon, my arms are flailing like crazy
It takes a lot of hard practice and dedication, but you will start to see progress with your training. You may not see it at first, or even for multiple weeks, but it is important to believe in yourself and know you will get better. There’s nothing wrong with saying “Hey, I’ve Got This!”