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The MommyDDS Fitness Challenge: The Truth About Swimming Workouts

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 workout with a shred of dignity and usually have no idea how long it was.

Swim workouts are done in sets with short breaks in between.  For example, my warm up set today was 9 x 100 yards on the 1:45, so if you finish in 1:35 you get a 10 second break until the next one.  I know that should be an incentive to go faster, but at my age I tend to be at a set pace no matter how hard I try.  Another set we had today was 12 x 50 yards kick on the :50 (my legs and butt burned on that one).  Sometimes a coach will tell you to do a certain number of yards “for time”.  This is when you are supposed to swim like you are in a race.  We had to do a 400 (16 laps FYI) for time.  This is when you can start cursing your coach’s name.

When I first started swimming again, I would get really tired even after a short workout.  I would need to take a nap that afternoon.  So I recommend you start this sport by trying evening or weekend practices.  That is, unless you can sleep at work.   I think I was so tired because you use so many muscles in the body when you swim.  I was tight in areas I didn’t know I had worked out.  It was an effort to move my toes around and to flex and point my feet!  But, I am loving how my shoulders and arms are getting stronger and more well defined.

On an even more fun note – I have been given my first blogging award.  From what I can tell, it’s a way for the small bloggers like me to recognize each other.  It seems like a feel good thing and the coolest thing for me is that some random person from Vermont nominated me!  A person I don’t know read my blog and thought it was good!!!!!  It’s the little things that keep me going.

Here are the rules for the award/chain letter type thing

1.  Thank the person who nominated you – THANK YOU!

2.  Link back to the person who nominated you http://www.newlifeinvermont.com

3.  Copy and paste the award on your blog

4.  Present the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here’s my top 5

1.  http://www.myredegg.blogspot.com – This is my friend Danielle’s blog and it’s beautifully written and very deep.  She’s hilarious and insightful

2.  http://herbalremediesforskeptics.blogspot.com/ – This is my cousin’s blog and it is very entertaining.  She is the “Herbal Remedy Wife” and she’s using her “skeptical husband” as a guinea pig.

3.  http://www.jennymeyerson.com  – Jenny is inspiring, creative and funny.  Surviving cancer and 4 kids – she’s a hero!  She might have more than 200 followers, but she still gets to be on my list

4.   http://animperfectbalance.blogspot.com – She’s a dentist mom like me trying to find the balance

5.  http://newlifeinvermont.com – giving a little love to the one who nominated me

5.  Let them know they’ve been nominated by leaving a comment on their blog

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