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Swim, swim, swim!

Posted Jul 22 2008 8:21pm

Today I got up and went to the gym to begin my new swim routine.

I picked up a great new bathing suit at TJ Maxx the other day. A Nike for just $20! It worked perfectly. I did half an hour.

I forgot how much I love to swim, and can you believe it is a great calorie burner? Not only that but after the brutality of running on my ankles, legs and feet, swimming is just, well, easy! It’s like running in that I feel I’m on another world, alone in the water, no other sounds. I like that.

Found thisfun calculatorto use to see how many calories you’re burning while doing a variety of exercises.

For me, at 135 pounds, it says that half an hour of swimming can burn over 200 calories! I’m not sure how accurate it is though. It says 10mph runs will burn almost 600 calories; in my experience, and according to my forerunner, it would be closer to 300.

http://www.self.com/fitness/activity/calculators/running/result?weightPounds=135 seems a little closer to the calories burned.

Tomorrow I’ll do a four mile run and then abs and arms, and then on Thursday I’ll begin my triathlon combo! I’m excited about this routine. I’m going to start off with a 10 minute bike, 20 minute (or two miles, so a bit less) all out run on the treadmill and then a 20 minute to half hour run. Eventually before the race I’ll hope to get close to what I’ll be doing for that tri, which is a half mile swim, 14 mile bike and 4 mile run.

I’m a little nervous about the swim portion of the tri. I’m a strong swimmer, I think. Not fast, but strong. Yet I’m worried about all of the other people around me. How does it work that you don’t choke on the water or get kicked in the face!?

Ah, but I guess once you are there you figure it all out!

Happy Workouts Today!

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