Friday, February 20, 2009

swimming update

I guess this is my belated post on swimming.
I have gone swimming a grand total of ...

*insert drum roll here*

One time.

*hangs her head in shame*

But here are my thoughts on my one time swimming.

I did buy 10 tickets so I have 9 more sessions to use. And I will use them. Just not sure when.
On my way to the pool my iPod mix randomly selected "Motivation Proclamation" by Good Charlotte. I smiled at the irony of the song choice.
It also got me thinking that while swimming is a great exercise and one that I probably prefer to participate in the most, I realized that you can't listen to music while you do it! I'm not sure why this never occurred to me before, but I definitely could have used it during this swim session.
I thought, "Yeah, I'll go for about 40 minutes."
After 4 lengths I was DYING. I couldn't even do more than one length of front crawl and resorted to breast stroke. I made myself continue for about 20 minutes and then slithered out of the pool, conveniently at the same time as the Aqua Fit class so the locker room was very loud and very full. I wanted to linger in the shower, but the 10 year old girl singing Ariel's song from The Little Mermaid was somewhat annoying so I skedaddled and got home in time for the opening recap of last week's episode of 24.

Things I'll do next time:
1. Arrive on time. The lanes fill up about 15 minutes into the start of the lane swim and I hate swimming in a crowded pool.
2. Don't wait around on the triathlon team's side of the pool. Very intimidating.
3. Bring a water bottle.
4. Make myself swim 10 or so minutes past the end of the Aqua Fit class. Either that or get out 5 minutes before they do.
5. Have a plan of how many lengths I want to do and follow that instead of going by time. I think this will help me stay more focused.

1 comment:

  1. another way to do it is to make yourself sets.
    like say, 4x 50 m (or two laps) front crawl, then repeat with breaststroke. or something, giving yourself like 30 seconds of rest in between.

    i used to swim with a team and its a lot easier this way than just continuous swimming, so boring.


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