I swam yesterday morning and I think I swam the furthest I have ever swam before. Swam? Swum? Swimmed? I can swim without foot pain as long as I push off the wall with my other foot so it was a great workout. I really have to convince myself to jump in the pool and then once I’m in, it takes a lot of willpower for me to stay more than 20 minutes. I just get so bored!
I swam 3 kilometers! Usually I cap it at 1500 or 2000m but I was determined to stay in the pool longer and because I am still not running right now, I needed some serious cardio. My arms were so dead by the end but it was a great workout! It took me about 65 minutes to swim that distance because I am definitely not a speedy swimmer. I just did front crawl the whole time, sometimes with a pull buoy, but mostly without.
I had a lane to myself the whole time minus the last 5 minutes and it was great! I tried to race the people in the lanes next to me when I got bored… the average age of the rest of the people in the pool was about 75. Obviously I won 😉 If I’m going to be swimming more, I found some great websites with swim workouts to try, instead of doing a monotonous lap swim the whole time!
- 3 Swim Workouts for Active Runners: Mimicking running workouts with pool cardio!
- Insider’s Guide to Swimming: Pool Workouts: from Fitness Magazine, great tips from beginner to advanced swimmers, plus a workout for each fitness level!
- Swimming Workouts for Runners: Options for lane swimming, pool running, and stretching! Runner’s World has a great article about cross training in the water.
I think if I write out a workout for myself before I go to the pool I will be more likely to do it because if I don’t have structure it just becomes one long lap swim sesh. I can’t think of swim workouts on the spot, unlike cycling or running workouts, so I will have to try some drills in the pool next time! My pool has plenty o’ equipment so I should make use of it!
Any swimmers out there? Tips and tricks?
Do you swim as a form of cross training or as a main sport?