This was the first swim workout in over a year that I was able to verify I can still swim 1 mile.  I focused on the following:

 

-Staying relaxed.  There is a fine line between swimming hard with no breaks and swimming too hard and needing to stop and take breaks.  I wanted to make sure I didn’t accidentally cross that line in this swim so I just worked to stay relaxed.

-Flip Turns.  I made it a point to flip turn every length.  I worked on tightening them up and being more direct with them.  I am not a natural flip-turner.  I am working to make it feel natural and effortless.  The more I work on it the less air I need to exhale, which means the more effective my swim performance will be overall.