As I gained weight putting on swimsuit and going to the pool was not at the top of my list of fun things to do. Since losing a lot weight and discovering a love for physical fitness I have slowly found myself wanting to get back in the water and swim. Putting a swimsuit on is still not something I love, but they fit much better than they used too, so things are looking up!
|Swim gear on and ready to swim!|
It took a few times in the pool for me to find a good swimming groove. I started by just going once a week and have been going about twice a week since my sprain. As with anything new there is a learning curve so the first sessions I felt tired and slow and like was breathing too much. In Denver I asked my mom for a few pointers to help me with my form while swimming which has actually helped a lot.
The pool at my gym is kind of small with five lanes and 25 yards in length. I just make up all my swim workouts when I get there. There is a big clock at the end that I use to time my workout.
I usually warm up with breaststroke and then use pull drills to focus on my form. When I first started I was pausing after almost every length, but I have built my endurance up that I barely stop in between. I have also been trying to increase the distance of my freestyle laps. Like I said I'm by no means a pro, but swimming is fun and I look forward tog swimming laps at the pool.
Another motivation for me to try swimming again is that I really want to do another triathlon. (I did a mini tri at the local YMCA a couple years ago.) I am still trying to figure out what triathlon I'm going to do that will fit into my schedule, but I'm determined to do at least one! There has been lots of friendly peer pressure and support from my #runchi teammates which is fun.
Fleet Feet Chicago has also been offering lots of great seminars to get people excited and ready for triathlon season. It is a short one here in Chicago, but that doesn't make it any less exciting. I went to the first one which was quite informative. I plan on going to the open water swim clinic Thursday as well. It will be my first open water swim -eek! If you are local and interested in tri-ing (hehe, a pun) you should check them out!
All this is to say I didn't think I would like swimming, but I really do now. So if there is some new activity or workout the scares you or you aren't sure about, just give it a chance because you might discover you really like it!
What is your favorite way to cross train? Are you a swimmer? Ever done a triathlon before? Any suggestions for swim workouts?