Another week of training has flown by & we are happy where we’re at, while it was a quieter week with cycling & running, we did our biggest swim. 3.5 k is a big swim, for someone with copd it’s huge ! For those of you with lung disease swimming has many benefits , fitness, strengthen lungs, weight loss & low impact. Like many people with lung disease I was very apprehensive when I first started, many things go through your mind, what happens if I get short of breath, will I drown, what if I swallow water. When I started training for my first triathlon, I hadn’t swum laps for 30 yrs, I did 25 meters puffed & panted & started to think how am I going to do this.
These days swimming doesn’t involve to much puffing & panting, but it’s taken a while to get to this stage. My secret to swimming is a pool buoy, focus on breathing & technique. I use a pool buoy as I can’t kick when I swim , kicking when swimming causes me to become breathless very quickly & I’m unable to control my breathing, the pool buoy allows me to concentrate on my stroke & breathing. You may well ask how I swim in a race environment , salt water & wetsuit provide same buoyancy as pool buoy & I tuck my reliever puffer in my wetsuit 🙂 So if you want to hit the pool & get those lungs working, get yourself a pool buoy, start slowly, practice good technique & breathing. If your an inexperienced swimmer join your local squad training, most pools have a slow lane where the swim instructor can help correct any stroke deficiencies, you will be amazed at how good you’ll feel if you can swim a couple of times a week.
By the way my 3.5k took me 1hr 17min, slow for many , flying for me 🙂
Russell & Leanne
Pool buoy .