I've been messing around getting used to the water, and very afraid to try any other strokes but the ones that I'm very comfortable.
The breaststroke is one that I usually do to warm up. It requires that I practice some rhythmic breathing and gets my face in the water.
Back stroke is my other "go to" stroke. I have placated myself lately with the notion that the backstroke is nearly like freestyle - only flipped. I could do backstroke up and down the lanes all day long. On my back, I can breathe. Whenever I want.
Freestyle has been my nemesis. Try as I may, I only make it halfway down the lane before I'm sputtering and spitting water.
I've covered all my bases - I have goggles, and earplugs, a proper swim suit and a swim cap. Each time I get in the water, I think how outwardly comfortable I am. The water at the Y is probably a tad to warm - like bathwater...so no complaints there.
Through watching YouTube videos and
But instead, I pretended that I didn't know everything for a minute, and attacked my 1200 meter endurance swim with careful attention to detail. I still warmed up with 200m of breast stroke, but I committed to half of my session being dedicated to practicing proper breathing. I did the "up" portion of the lap practicing freestyle and rewarded myself with the "back" portion in backstroke.
I felt so wonderful about my swim today! I was really dreading it - and trying to get out of it - but am glad that I did it. A 1000m swim used to look like an all day venture to me! But today I did the 1200 in about 40 minutes. I feel like I did the first time I ran my usual route faster! It's like swimming PR, baby, and it feels great!!