Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Thursday, February 04, 2010

PostHeaderIcon The Swim. Let's Do It.

The Swim on my last tri kicked my butt.

I'm laughing today because my brother took his first adult swim class and is talking about how much he hates swimming. I feel your pain brother. Really.

So, I'm about to get into the pool for the first time since my triathlon.

What do you suggest?
Private lessons?
Total Immersion classes?
A simple class at the Y? (not ready for Masters classes yet)

I have access to an indoor pool across the street from my work. Luckily they also have a zero-entry pool for the little one that is life guarded.

This is what I'm working with.

I know all of you have suggestions.... let's go!!!!! This year, the swim will NOT kick my butt. I promise you.


Dave said...

My suggestions:

1.) Pick a semi-far-off goal, something you can put on a calendar and work toward. Ex: The Republic (MO) Tiger Tri, Aug. 14 - http://republictigertri.com

2.) Get a buddy to train with and/or against, even if he/she is far away (accountability goes miles.) Ex: your brother - have him race w/ or against you in a tri or simple in training. (TIP: Tiger Tri has a short and shallow pool swim, PERFECT for beginners.)

3.) Get a GOOD set of goggles (big, offering a 180-degree view; not tiny Speedo-types.) Ex: http://aquasphereswim.com/us/

4.) Get a reliable swimsuit (guys: NO board shorts; buy Speedo Jammerz so as not to drag the water.)

5.) Grab a good book... err - or workout guide. Find one that preaches drills and intervals for good form. The goal is not to swim a ton of junk laps, supposedly building up supreme endurance. You'll be much more successful in your swim by eliminating drag (think less effort instead more power.) Even super large & fat walruses swim super fast and easy; so if they can be efficient, ALL of us must learn to become more efficient, eliminating drag in form when possible. Ex: http://bit.ly/swimbk01 (this book made a HUGE difference for me) and http://bit.ly/swimbk02 (this books has everything you'll need for training ideas.)

6.) Most important of all: SMILE! Relax. Have fun. Enjoy the *opportunity* (ok: pain, misery, slogging, exhaustion, choking, dry skin, constant smell of chlorine, etc.) that you have. To have the opportunity to do swim training - however little or much - is still a huge blessing and opportunity as compared to the alternatives in life.


Anyway, just some quick ideas and things I've learned along the way.

Good luck. Have fun. Swim fast.

-@dsmay (on the twitter-facetube thingee)

JustJen said...

Dave, i could have NEVER of completed my first tri without you last year.

So THANK YOU for taking the time to respond.

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“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it last forever.” ~~~Lance Armstrong

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain----and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond." ~~~Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Famer. (Will-Weber's "Voices From the Midpack" chapter.)

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.~~~Denis Watley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. ~~~Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)