In the pool today. I ended up with two things.
This is a result of the lane divider trying to eat my hand. It looked redder and angrier than that in real life.
The other thing is the best 1000 m swim time in several decades! Back in the day, before some of my readers were born, I'd routinely swim a sub 18 minute km. It's been a long, long time. This is a better swim than anything done since I started training for Ironman.
That is 40 seconds better than just a couple weeks ago for the same distance! This is what stroke improvement will do for you.
Even better, I know I can go faster, since my catch sucked the first part of the swim. The improvement is mainly cleaning up my recovery, and kicking a bit harder. This gave me a better roll. At least some of the time I was trying to breathe out during the stroke. No idea if that makes a difference.
So yes, I'm pleased.
I was pretty out of breath at the end but not ready to puke. Another 500 m of drill and kick rounded it out.