Last updated on December 29th, 2015 at 03:20 am
I’ve been learning to swim since September. I joined an endurance swimming class at our local community pool. If you read my post about my first impression of swimming, you’ll know that I was basically starting this sport with no skills whatsoever and I found it very difficult. Fast forward to mid November, I am happy to tell you that I have learned a lot and I’m improving very quickly.
It’s difficult as an adult to learn a new sport, but I’m super excited to learn to swim since it’s the one skill I really need to work on in order to enter a Triathlon (see my post about my Triathlon goal).
When I started the endurance class, I had no idea if I could swim a whole length. There are only 6 ladies in this class, and of course I am the slowest of all. In one of our first classes, we did a 200 m baseline assessment to determine how long it would take us to swim 8 lengths. On my first try, I did it in 7:49 min. Last week, we did the assessment a second time to see how much we have improved. I was very proud to say that I did in fact improve since I covered the 200 m in 6:29. The other ladies in class are in the order of 4 minutes, so I feel like I’m catching up.
Good form is crucial for faster swimming and I’m slowly learning what that should look like. Fortunately, I haven’t’ been swimming for years and I don’t have years of mistakes to correct. I have learned the proper front stroke, and I also learned that I need to loosen up my arms and when I come up for a breath, I turn half my body, when I should just be turning my neck. I have lots of little things to work on, but slowly, I’m fine tuning my technique
I have some endurance when it comes to running, but when it comes to swimming, it’s a whole other ball game. I’m still learning to breath while swimming, so I’m struggling not only with my lungs burning, but trying to not swallow water at the same time. We have been doing some exercises to increase our endurance. By the end of our classes, we are now completely 1 km of swimming. My arms are getting stronger and I’m no longer getting migraines come Tuesday morning. I’ve learned that doing yoga and rubbing my shoulders with Emul gel helps with that.
Motivate Me Monday
As usual, I’m linking up with The Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel for #MotivateMe Monday because we all need some motivation to keep going. Ever since I set my triathlon goals and now I’m wondering if I’m ready for a 1/2 marathon in 2016 as well, I’m feeling pretty pumped to workout.Link up with @fitcheerldr & @RunningRachel for #MotivateMe Monday if you need some motivation! Click To Tweet
Last week my training looked like this:
Monday: 1 hour endurance swim (This is where I shaved over 1 min off my 200 m time)
5 km 30 min indoor lunch time run
25 min stationary bike at lunch My leg felt really tight, so I took a rest (and by rest, I mean I ate poutine at lunch)
30 min total body workout with the bosu ball, medicine ball and kettle bells. 20 min stationary bike
Saturday or Sunday: 8 km run
This week, I’m hoping to accomplish:
Monday: 1 hour endurance swim
Tuesday: 25 min stationary bike & other exercises
Wednesday:5 km run at lunch (#runch)
Thursday: Weights/total body workout
Saturday or Sunday: 8/9 km run (I’m trying to increase my millage to 10 km and beyond!)
How about you? How is your week shaping out? Have you set any goals this week?
Also, if you are looking for some extra motivation to workout this December, consider joining my Winter Chill challenge. It’s just a fun challenge. There isn’t much commitment except to report once a week on your weekly activity! Click here to read more about the Winter Chill Challenge.