Last 9 July, I did my swim workout. I did 20 x 100m. Time for each 100m was around 1:48 to 1:53 with 30 seconds of rest between 100s.
Before, when I did my swim workouts, I just swam the required mileage straight. Just thought I’d mention that I didn’t invest in any paddles or any other paraphernalia for swimming (lahat napunta na kasi sa bike:)). I just swam. Lately however, I chopped up the distance into manageable portions because I’m trying to incorporate the total immersion technique in my swim. I found out about total immersion from Bullrunner’s blog where they talked about how total immersion teaches one to swim more efficiently with less drag. Since triathlon is all about efficiency, I thought, “Hey, where do I sign up?”
Basically, total immersion teaches you balance and to swim using your core. The net effect of such technique is that instead of ‘fighting’ the water making lots of splashes to propel yourself forward, you find yourself gliding. Pretty much like a how an ice skater glides forward in every push off. I remember how I found myself in a eureka moment in the midst of the sessions saying to myself, this was how they should have been teaching swimming all along 🙂
Total Immersion helps in triathlon because there is minimal use of the legs during the swim. In fact, the kick only comes into play once every stroke. Thus, after the swim leg, you find yourself fresh to attack in the bike and run portions of the race. For those interested, check out their website: www.aqualogicswimco.com The classes are taught by certified total immersion coaches such as Ria Mackay and Nonoy Basa. They have classes in Makati Shangri-la, Palms Country Club and Magallanes.