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TAKEONME48137 Posts: 1,853
1/17/12 7:15 P

I like the idea of adapting the swimming to a couch to 5k. Also, it didn't even dawn on me that during a triathlon I'd be swimming in open water (more training for later!). I have to start somewhere though. Thank you all for the suggestions!

EASTENDCLAM Posts: 2,760
1/17/12 6:20 P

Unident, you'd be surprised. I've had more than several local pool people comment along the lines of "There's THINGS in there" or "You can't see the bottom". This is for the Peconic Estuary of eastern Long Island so we're talking primo water here.

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1/17/12 10:39 A

I personally love swimming indoors. I was a competitive swimmer from age 3-18. I just started adding it back into my exercise routine too.

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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/17/12 12:19 A

Heheh, I don't know if there ARE "pool enthusiasts" who would shoot down an open water recommendation. ;)

However, you should never swim in open water alone. If something happens, you want someone else to be there right away to help out. So if you don't have the luxury of a swimming buddy or patrolled waters in which to practice, a pool is a great place to start building up your strength. You will need to hit open water for training before your actual tri though, there is no comparison.

I don't know of any programmes, but adapt a couch to 5k. The final distance on that is 5k and for your swimming is ... well let's say 1km because I can't remember offhand what a standard tri swim is right now. But if you want to build up to a 1k swim, just divide all the 5k run training distances by 5. Round off for your 25 meter pool.

EASTENDCLAM Posts: 2,760
1/16/12 6:16 P

Judging from your photo background and your tri goal, I'd say get out of the pool, weather permitting. I'm stuck on dry land in the winter but love to swim distance open water. I try to do one hour, 1-1/2 miles weekdays after work and will build up to 7 - 8 miles on Saturdays and Sundays through summer into fall. That's not a tri (long) distance sprint time but fighting wind, waves and tide or current while maintaining pace and heat rate in outside conditions has to be a better preparation than a pool. I expect pool enthusiasts will be along shortly to shoot that down.

TAKEONME48137 Posts: 1,853
1/16/12 2:23 P

I am an intermediate swimmer, but I've never really done any distance swimming aside from laps in a backyard pool. Today I swam in a half-olympic size pool (25 yards wide) for the first time, and it was quite a challenge. Are there any sort of distance swimming training programs along the lines of couch-to-5k available?

Right now my goals are to incorporate swimming into my weekly exercise routine, and late next year, I would like to complete a triathlon. However, I'm not in a hurry to train for the triathlon yet as I'm focusing on getting into a steady run routine.

Any help is much appreciate!

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