Then she pushed us to do "hard" 25m freestyle. Swim efficiently, breath, and don't dawdle to the end. Take a quick break, do it all over again. I did 125m of those.
At the end of class was a 200m cool down in which she let me do the breast stroke for 75m, and then a 25 of freestyle.
So, things I've discovered so far. I like having the instruction and guidance. I don't flail around and be lazy. She has a plan and I follow it. I can't be a 'lazy swimmer' - I learn to really rest on my rest periods or my stroke gets bad, I forget how to breathe and it feels like I'm gonna sink to the bottom or drown. I need to work on my bilateral breathing more... when I'm pushing myself for distance or speed, I auto-revert to right-sided breathing only. The earplug thing still isn't working right... too much time fiddling with them trying to keep the water out. Maybe I'll try plugs used for when you're shooting guns.
Today when Jean asked for the last 200 I almost said "Yes, I'll do it for you" ... but then I didn't ... I thought, "Yes, I'll do it ... for me".
And I did. And it was good. Not great, but really, really good.