I'm starting my triathlon training (yikes!) and am picking up swimming. I have never been a good swimmer, in fact, I only ever remember doing it in preparation for a tri - of which I've only done 2. My very first tri, I got so freaked out, I did the breast stroke UNDER everyone and came in in the last 5 people.
This weekend I got a trial membership to the Olympic Club to use the pool - easier having a 24/7 pool to do laps in than to try to guess when the public pool will be open ... or clean. In the pool, we get lanes in 30min increments - just like popular cardio machines. 30min is just fine by me as that's about all I can do now, with my breast stroke. Looking around the pool today I realized I'm the only one doing breast stroke - everyone else does freestyle with the pro looking flips.
When I started feeling like a fraud in the pool I reminded myself that like running, getting in and just doing it makes me a swimmer. So I guess real swimmers do breast stroke and freestyle etc. Just like real runners do anything from 400 yards beyond.