I am fairly new to swimming and this newsgroup so forgive me if I ask
questions which have been dealt with a thousand times before.
My background: I am a 45 yr.. old female and used to be a long distance
runner (up to marathon distance). After my runs I usually swam (if you can
call it swimming) a few lengths in the pool. Due to a tendon injury and a
stress fracture in June (no running for 4 months) I tried to improve my
swimming. Since then I am hooked and swim 5 times a week spending more time
in the water than on the road.
I swim about 60 to 70 minutes non-stop, starting with 10 lengths
***stroke (1 length = 25 m), 20 lengths backstroke and 80 to 90 lengths
freestyle. I am only able to cover 80 lengths in around 45 minutes (don't
laugh please!). I am very slow in my turns and it is very frustrating being
overtaking my other swimmers all the time.
How can I improve my time? Should I swim shorter distances faster, should I
do sprints? Is it any use to swim long distances at all (I'd like to improve
my overall swimming time to about 1 1/2 hours)?
Thanks for any input and for your patience.