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Why I Love to Swim

  As an Arizona native, a great deal of my formative years were spent in the pool.  My early photo albums have multiple pages devoted to me in the water sans any swimsuit or diaper, where I am splashing, floating and having a good time.  Competitive swimming started on city summer swim teams when I was 4 or 5 years old and progressively became more serious until I entered college.  With all those... read more

My Swim Meet

  After months of training, I needed to face the true test of my swimming fitness – a swim meet.  Of course my timing wasn’t quite right as the first meet available was the Arizona Masters State Championship, but there were no qualifying times so I grabbed an entry sheet.  This was a pretty nerve racking experience for me.  I was even nervous picking out my events.  I’m lucky to have a... read more

The MommyDDS Fitness Challenge: Don’t Swim Alone!

I highly recommend swimming with people.  Swimming alone is boring, plain and simple.  Even if you don’t have a coach, it’s always better to swim with others.  My reasoning is twofold.  You have the camaraderie and you have people to push you.  I’m a pretty competitive person, so if someone next to me is always finishing first it pushes me to improve.  It’s also pretty nice to have people to... read more

The MommyDDS Fitness Challenge: The Truth About Swimming Workouts

  One really common misconception about swimming is that you just swim laps for an hour and then you are done.  I can’t even tell you how many people have asked me, “How many laps did you swim?”  Usually swimmers know how many yards or meters they do per workout, but most of the time they don’t bother to do the math to calculate the actual amount of laps.  I tend to try to survive the... read more

The MommyDDS Fitness Challenge: Swimming

  I have to start this fitness adventure with a disclaimer – I used to be a swimmer.   My parents started me on city rec teams when I was 4 or 5 and I swam on and off through high school.  I went to a couple college practices and decided I was done with the sport.  I didn’t really get into the pool again until this year.  I was swimming twice a week with the Master’s team at the Phoenix... read more

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