Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

This past Monday marked the start of my swim training for my first ever triathlon next month! The swim portion of the Cooper Sprint Triathlon will be 350 meters, which I expect will take me around 15-20 minutes (I have not timed myself yet, so this is a rough estimate based on my ability).

I swam in our apartment complex pool for 30 minutes straight, and my freestyle stroke came back surprisingly quick. I was on a swim team in middle school, which was many years ago, so I was not sure how great my form would be, and honestly since I did not have a coach or anything, my form may have been lacking, but it felt alright to me! The only issue I had with swimming in the apartment pool is that there are no lanes, and the length of the pool is not measured, so I have no idea how far I swam. Plus, I was dodging kids half the time. It is a pool clearly designed for recreational swimming, not lap swimming. It will work for what I need right now, but maybe in the future I will have to find a natatorium, or an inexpensive gym with a lap pool, or I could just start waking up at 4:30 AM to swim when I know nobody will be at our pool!

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I have also made a mental to get a swim cap, as well as a new one-piece swimsuit with more chest compression. I may even try and find a tri suit that I can wear for all three legs of the race.

Anyway, after my workout, I felt great, and my arms really aren’t too sore today! I am going to go ahead and say that is probably because I was not pushing my pace; I just wanted to get a feel for the water and freestyle stroke again. I am really looking forward to doing more swimming workouts – I have to admit I have missed it a lot! It really is a great summer workout since you get that feeling of a hard workout, but you aren’t drenched in sweat from the intense heat and humidity!

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QOTD: Do you ever swim for cross training workouts? Do you enjoy it?

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  1. I have cousins who swam through high school and they seemed to take to water like fish. Me, really, no, I don't swim...

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    1. Fair enough! What kind of cross training do you enjoy?

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    2. I use bikes, ellipticals, strength training and Pilates.

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  2. I used to swim in high school- I was able to take swimming instead of regular P.E. I definitely wasn't great at it, my swimming is more of a leisurely style. ;) I'd like to get back into it, but that means going back to the gym with all the old creepy dudes in the hot tub. LOL

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    1. LOL I know what you mean, I was a lifeguard back in high school, and I could tell you horror stories of outfits I saw!!

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  3. I'm not a swimmer but I do enjoy splashing around pretending to be one. There's a local sprint tri that I was considering for this year (but I also don't have a bike...) and the idea of swimming in the Gulf with all the sharks and fish and other unknowns talked me out of it. Maybe one day!

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    1. Totally understand! I am so thankful that this Tri's swim portion is in a pool; I would be super nervous if it was an open water swim too!

      I don't have a bike either, but my father-in-law is trying to fix up my dad's old road bike, and if that doesn't work out, then their friend has lent me their bike to use for the race :)

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  4. I haven't swam for exercise for years...but really want to! We have a pool at the gym, but I guess it just seems like a hassle to go to the locker room, mess with putting on my swimsuit and then when I'm done I'm freezing while trying to get back into clothes. I guess it wouldn't be as bad this time of year since it's warm outside. I miss swimming and love how you don't get drenched in sweat!

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    1. Summer time isn't so bad, but I have no idea what I am going to do during the winter time for swimming if I continue to do Tri's!

      I love that you don't get drenched in sweat too, def one of the best perks lol!!

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  5. Good for you for doing a tri! That is amazing. I am not a strong swimmer. However, we did put in a pool several years ago for our labradors ( crazy I know, but we enjoy watching the dogs swim). I do enjoy swimming with the dogs and lately after long runs I have been doing some water exercises with my legs.

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    1. Aww that is so sweet of y'all! If we had a house I would totally do the same thing for my dog :)

      That is a great idea, swimming after long runs is so refreshing!

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  6. This is awesome! I really, really want to take on a tri at some point! I'm down for the running and cycling, of course, but my trouble is that I'm not a great swimmer...nor do I especially enjoy it. But, you may have just inspired me! :-D

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    1. Haha I don't think I have ever met someone who enjoyed all parts of a triathlon; people generally really enjoy 2/3 of the race! For me, the cycling is the part that doesn't get me excited, and to be honest, I think it is because there is so much that could go wrong during the that portion!

      I hope you will give it a try too and I will definitely let you know my thoughts about it after the race!

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