Swimming!

When I hurt my foot in February, I started swimming four days a week. Basically whenever I would have been running I swam instead. Wow. That was hard. The first day I did less than 800 meters and then slept for two hours. I quickly learned that the swim:sleep ratio is significantly higher than run:sleep. I didn’t swim much this summer but am back at it now because I’m hoping to do a few olympic distance triathlons next year.

Right now I’m working on being able to swim free-style for longer periods of time. And I’m certainly getting better! One thing I really like about swimming is that I still see noticeable improvement in most workouts. It’s great!

When I started swimming, I did 50 meters freestyle, 50 meters breast stroke. I can do that for quite awhile. But I want to be able to do just freestyle for quite awhile. I’m hoping to get to the point that I can do 2000 meters of freestyle. I’m a ways away from that now.

Last week I did this workout (I swim in a 25 meter pool). It was inspired by a ladder workout I did on the dreadmill last winter. It was tough! I like that it includes a warm-up and cool-down as part of the workout.

25 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
50 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
75 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
100 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
125 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
150 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
175 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
200 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
175 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
150 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
125 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
100 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
75 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
50 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke
25 meters freestyle, 25 meters breast stroke

That’s 1950 meters! But…I wanted an even 2k so I added 50 more at the end.

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