Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Getting my swim on...

I was fortunate that I was taught to swim at a very early age. I guess I never realized how lucky I was until I started meeting friends who were learning to swim to be able to compete in triathlons. I am constantly amazed at the number of people who didn't swim as a kid. Clearly I lived in a sheltered world where EVERYONE swam.

Swimming has been my first love over the years. More than running, more than tennis. There I said it. Given that, I don't know why I go for so long without diving in and doing some laps. Maybe it is the orange tint it gives my hair or the goggle marks that stay with me all morning. Perhaps it is the dry skin. Wait, I said I loved swimming, right?

There is nothing better than cruising along the length of the pool following that black line, getting to the end and doing a little flip turn just because you can and because it is kind of fun. Seriously, swimming is the best all over workout I have found.

Oh, it can be boring if you don't have people to swim with or a masters group. If you swim on your own, I HIGHLY recommended checking out swimplan.com. The site is free and gives you workouts created to your specifications. Love it!

Today's swim:

6x100 (75 free, 25 kick)
1x800 pull
4x100 free with fins
8x25 2 of each stroke
1x100 cool down

It broke things up from a boring straight 2000 swim. The hour was up before I knew it! Check out swimplan, pick a lane and start swimming!



Location:Getting my swim on...

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

That is a pretty nice swim workout, I mean ouch! I may just keep that one for my workout book and use it later this week! Things sound like they are going well for you and that's terrific! Cheers!

lindsay said...

I enjoy swimming, but I rarely do it. Partly too cheap to pay for membership, but also cause there is so much "involved" with just getting to the pool. Yes, I am that lazy :) I love how exhausted it makes me though-definitely a great workout. Flip turns... don't know about those yet!

AZ said...

Ooh, I wish I had your attitude about swimming. I guess I was one of those who grew up without any lessons or ability.

Also, I wish I had your swim ability. I was feeling happy about my recent 1,000 meter swims.

Tara said...

I enjoy swimming, but I get so bored unless I do some drills! Swimplan is a great resource and I am hoping that one of these days I'll turn into a little fish because the dry skin drives me nuts! hehe

Amanda said...

I used to love swimming as a kid, but I've lost all of my ability as I've gotten older and now find it difficult to get the breathing right...And now I have no where to swim regardless.

Glad you got a good swim in and had fun doing it.

Robyn @ WannabeWriterRunner said...

I just took my first swimming class this morning. It totally wiped me out in a good way. I'll definitely have to check out that site.

Meg said...

Thank you so much for the website, I really need it right now! Never take the swimming for granted, many of us(ok, just me)is struggling to just move forward with swimming! Wonderful job on your workouts.

Tricia said...

hope youve had a great weekend