The first class was basically learning the forward crawl. (I learned that freestyle is actually not the right term!) I decided that I was going to breathe just on one side, but my instructor said that my hand was doing something funky as a result. I also had to learn to keep my head down and look at the line on the bottom instead of trying to look ahead.
The second class, I worked on trying swim from one side of the pool to the other and then back again. I was still having trouble with my breathing...I was trying to hold my head up before turning to the side and going back under. I practiced perfecting my stroke and also learned how to push off from the side and glide so that I can save some energy. I'm so glad my first triathlon is in a pool. Open water is a whole different subject that I might try to tackle later.
My third class goal was to do 4 lengths of the pool. For my 200 yards, I will need to build up to 8 lengths, so I wanted to be halfway by the halfway point of the class. I did it, and by the end of the class, my instructor asked me to race her 2 lengths, and she didn't finish much farther ahead of me!
Originally I was going to work up to 6 lengths by class four, but I pushed myself and did 8 lengths instead. It was a great feeling to know that I can actually do this swimming thing, and I still have four more classes to practice! I think my main issues are making sure I'm not waiting too long to breathe and taking it slow and steady.
On the bike side of things, I researched and decided to buy a Yakima Sparetime bike rack.
And lastly, on the running front. I had a horrible run at the gym a few weeks ago. I hadn't run since I was terribly sick at the Hot Chocolate 5K in January, so I tried for just a couple of miles on the treadmill. I was going to lower my pace and hit the emergency stop instead, so I decided to call it a day. A few of my coworkers and I signed up for a 5K on Sunday, so I made myself run 3 miles at the gym today. I dropped my pace just a tad and did great. I also bought some new Saucony Guide 8s to entice myself to run more. And since I have a Peachtree number, I will have to run up until and after my triathlon in June.
That's all for now! I'll update more about my progress soon!