My desire to complete a triathlon has moved a step closer due to having a new road bike that doesn't seem to make me walk like John Wayne the day after.
The last piece in the puzzle is my swimming, I can swim for hours doing breaststroke but my front crawl is laughable.
Before I go searching for public swimming lessons I was wondering if there was any chance of any club run lessons from our multi sport experts? I would imagine that there would be others interested if some kind of swim training/coaching could be offered as a one-off and then go from there?
So I went down the public swimming lessons route in the end and found a really good course offered at Maindy Pool.
They run an Adult Improvers course for 5 weeks priced at £37, 45 minute lessons every Wednesday. Myself and Hannah W attended along with 7 other people of varied swimming ability including a guy who was about to compete in the Gower Triathlon. The structure is the first 20 minutes of general drills to help with technique and then the remaining 25 minutes one-on-one advice in whatever stroke/s you need help with. Most of us wanted to concentrate on front crawl as that was most people's weakest stroke.
I must say that it was very good and I gained exactly what I was looking for from the course. I'm a confident swimmer but just needed someone to look at what I am doing and what I should be doing. I now know what areas to work on to improve my technique and stamina and can now practice this in my own time.
I would highly recommend this course for anyone looking to improve their swimming, the instructor is very knowledgeable and it caters for all abilities.
It is a shame that as a multi-sport club we do not currently have any similar training available for members as I'm sure it would encourage more multi-sport members to join and more running members to take the step towards multi-sport events. Hopefully it is something we can develop for the future.
P.S I've entered the new Swansea Sprint Triathlon next year so fingers crossed for successful training, I'll let you know how it goes!!
I agree with Liz, I found the course really useful. Before I went I could swim breath stroke for ages but crawl I could barely complete a length without lung collapse! My technique still has some way to go but I can now swim lengths of crawl. Defiantly recommend it.