Swimming is a hard sport to learn. It’s challenging for so many reasons – no point of contact with the ground, learning to move each body part rhythmically, breathing, body positioning, and the list goes on. Most triathletes that join us cannot swim, but with time, hard work, and patience, they learn how to swim freestyle.
Alamo 180 triathlete, Leslie Limas, joined us back in January with a goal of completing a triathlon in late April. While a great athlete, she could not swim. But that didn’t stop her. She was determined to finish her first triathlon!
Well, after weeks of practicing and never giving up, she learned how to swim freestyle! And over time, she could swim further at each practice.
Read her testimonial about her latest swim accomplishment!
“I do not like to toot my own horn. I especially am not very good at letting others toot it for me. So, yesterday evening after my first swim time assessment, when Coach Bree cheered “Great job, you did great! You have progressed so much”, all I could do was smile and nod. Three months ago when I started triathlon training, my best water skill was floating. I had to learn the basics of freestyle swimming, which I did, but even still, I could barely swim half a lap (25m) without stopping and resting for a couple of minutes. Last night’s swim was a non-stop 250m swim and I clocked 7 minutes. Time is so relative, especially while pushing oneself to do something unknown. Yesterday I felt like I have been training forever and those 7 minutes in the water felt like an eternity! Today I think, Wow, it was only a few months ago I was just learning to swim freestyle and it only took me 7 measly minutes to swim 250m. I did do a great job and I have progressed so much! I want to share this to thank my coaches at Alamo 180 for providing me the motivation and tools to be the best athlete I can be, but more so, I want to thank ME for not giving up and sticking to it. Every step, big or little, and every stroke, slow or fast, is a milestone and something to be proud of. Toot, toot!” ~ Leslie L.
Don’t let the fact you can’t swim stop you from pursuing your triathlon dreams!