NEWBIE - woman, 55, just timed my 1st 1,500m OW "mile" at 45 mins - NOW WHAT?
I've always loved open water swimming, but I never thought I was particularly good at it until recently, when people started suggesting that what I do is exceptional. By "what I do" I mean swimming for and hour or two or whatever without stop, just for pleasure. It's just what makes me happy. I grew up on a pond in the middle of nowhere, and swimming was a way I could escape. So I swam.
I'm very confident in the water but I have no form to speak of, having never taken swimming lessons, coaching or done any racing before. My partner is an ultra runner, and he has been encouraging me to time myself to see what my baseline is, should I want to race, or at the very least, improve my form and fitness. So tonight I mapped out 1,500m and swam. Conveniently that's the exact distance from pavilion to pavilion and back on opposite sides of the Owen Sound harbour (I live a few blocks from there).
I timed out at about 45 minutes. I pulled mixed side- and breast- and back-strokes most of the way to avoid getting cramps or winded because I was swimming alone (my kayak companion had to cancel last minute). I only did a tiny amount of front crawl, near the shores, for safety. I haven't been swimming much this year so I'm not all that strong yet. And YES, I had a neon float buoy and cap for safety and visibility. And thanks to COVID lockdown here in Ontario, there are no boats on the water, so tonight was the perfect opportunity to cross the shipping lanes safely (marinas and boat launches open again tomorrow).
My question now is where do I go from here? I want to get stronger, faster and more efficient in the water. What should I focus on first? Guidance and suggestions are appreciated!