Originally Posted by Scrumhalf
It depends much more on technique than on just your level of fitness. I view swimming as lot closer to tennis and golf in this regard.
Aye, tis. My old coach, who was pushing forty, paunchy, and definitely not in incredible shape, was better than every single breast-stroker on my high-school team. I haven't swam since february - before that, I was swimming about 5k a day. Would be interesting to see what it feels like now. Edit: Which reminds me - I've always found the triathlon kind of funny. A marathon is not a cake-walk for very many runners. 100 miles is not a cake-walk for most cyclists, at least that I know. However, a little over 2 miles is very, very easy for the average swimmer. I'm not even in shape - 6' 195lbs, and I run 3 miles in 23 minutes, and 6 months ago, 2 miles would have been easy. Probably still would be with a little bit of practice.