A LOVE HATE THING (and a really good swim workout)
Posted Oct 30 2011 10:51pm
THINGS I HATE ABOUT SWIMMING:
The thought of it; Packing up gear for changing after the actual pool workout; The first jump into the pool because I always THINK it's going to be cold; If it is cold; The racoon eyes I have from my goggles for hours after leaving the pool; Waiting for a lane if I haven't gotten to the pool at the exactly perfect time to not have to share a lane; Bad lane sharers who kick, go too slow or want to rest after each lap; The boredom and lack of distraction of the pool; Having to go through the process of drying, changing in the locker room and either leaving looking like a drowned rat OR actually having to go through the ritual of really getting dressed (which means having been organized to pack it all up in the first place; see the first item.
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SWIMMING Swimming - I love to swim; The feeling of the water; Working on the different strokes; The quiet in the pool - it's the perfect place to think, plan and work through things in my head; The long, lean feeling after a pool workout; The lack of aches and pains in my joints; The all-day energy I feel after swimming; When it's over I am SO glad I made the effort!
I'm thinking the good always outweighs the bad.
You see, I've had this love/hate thing for swimming workouts for years. I swam for years for my tiny little swim team in my hometown, but I was never the blue ribbon champ. Even though I LOVE the water and water sports, swimming laps is something I have to make myself do because "it's good for me." I've gone through fazes where I swim rather than run or other body pounding types of exercise. In law school, I attempted to get over the "hate" by taking to the pool that happened to be in the bottom of the really old gym where I taught aerobics. There were no windows, it was really dark and always cold and really creepy, plus the fact that I would show up to Property Class with raccoon rings around my eyes. That faze didn't last long.
Later, I tried it at a new pool that had bright sunlight streaming into the indoor pool. That was a little better, but I think that time I was only doing it because I had a bum knee. That was also my first foray into teaching water aerobics. That faze lasted until I got over my knee injury.
I have also taken to the pool in order to train for the swim portion of triathalons. Needless to say, the minute the triathalon was over, so was the swimming day of my workouts.
I also seem to take to the pool because I'm having some other sort of trouble or injury that makes my other workouts too painful. Recently, it has been my hamstrings so I've been passing up the treadmill and sprints for the pool. I've learned exactly when to show up at the pool and when to stay away. I also had a friend tell me to put on my bathing suit first thing in the morning, then there was no excuse. That was a good tip and really helps on the days I need to get there early.
I must say that something is working because my hamstrings are feeling almost normal, which means I am not feeling them all day long, AND lo and behold, I am actually starting to LOVE my time in the pool. I'm actually sorry some days when it's time to get out. Sometimes, it does help to know I can slide into the steam room for just a bit before doing the whole shower, dress thing.
I tend to do my own workout that I came up with that works for me. I do use goggles, a swim cap, a kickboard and a buoy that you put between your legs so you only use your arms. I do not use flippers or hand webs. I don't really understand that - the point is to use your muscles and strength to get to the other end of the pool. I know flippers and hands would make me faster, but that's not my goal.
This is a good workout if you are jumping into the pool and don't have a plan. It's from Women's Health magazine - one of my favorites.
MIX MASTER WORKOUT STROKELENGTH (yards or meters)* SETSREST (seconds)EFFORTWARM-UPAny200110-303MAIN SET (for a longer workout, repeat the main set)Rotate: breast, free, back, free50410-205-6Rotate: breast, free, back, free
MIX MASTER WORKOUT
LENGTH (yards or meters)*
MAIN SET (for a longer workout, repeat the main set)
Rotate: breast, free, back, free
Rotate: breast, free, back, free
Any (except free)
Kick (on your side or back, or using a kickboard)
* Most lap pools are 25 yards or meters long, while Olympic-size pools are 50 meters. If you're unsure, ask the pool manager or lifeguard.
50410-206-7Free100120-305-6Any (except free)50110-307-8Kick (on your side or back, or using a kickboard)2525-106COOLDOWNAny1001 3* Most lap pools are 25 yards or meters long, while Olympic-size pools are 50 meters. If you're unsure, ask the pool manager or lifeguard.
I tend to do a workout similar to this, but usually do freestyle for 100, then breast stroke for 50 as that is the breast is my fifth lap and it helps me keep track of counting. I then repeat that 4 times and then do the arms and leg portion, then add backstroke instead of breast stroke. The best part is the stretch at the end and how good I feel getting out of the pool!
Do you have a love/hate workout? How do you get over the hate?