I am wondering if one of you more experienced swimmers can provide me with some advice.
Around 3 months ago, I took up swimming for the main purpose of losing weight and improving my overall health. I am averaging a mile swim 4-5 times per week, freestyle only, and haven't gotten around to doing flip turns yet. Usually I just jump in the pool and keep swimming until I am done (albeit not very fast).
I am not interested in competitive swimming nor crossing the English Channel. I want to maximize my 40-50 min workout over my lunch break and continue to improve my overall fitness.
My question is am I doing it all wrong? Should I have formal sets, alternate strokes (that I do fairly poorly) and set-up predefined and timed workouts?
To be honest, that doesn't sound as fun as what I do today. Swimming has been both mentally and physically beneficial for me.
But at the same time, I worry that as I improve, I am not going to get the same benefit as before. In the very beginning, finishing a mile felt like I had just completed the Boston Marathon. Its becoming more and more easier as I go.
Do you recommend I get a swim coach? I know my stroke is inefficient and my upper body overcompensates for my lack of power from my legs. My other strokes are a work in progress and that's probably being overly generous.
But quite frankly, I just want to get out and swim without stopping nor having a care in the world. It doesn't bother me the least bit when I get lapped by the lady in the next lane 40 years my elder. Fortunately I have outgrown any need for an ego.