Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, I rewarded myself for reaching a small goal. I set a goal to be able to swim a mile in 30 minutes. During all of my swimming time, I noticed a lot of people using short fins during their lap swims. I asked one of the ladies I see frequently about her use of fins and she told me that they make you use a different set of muscles. I decided that when I could swim a mile consistently I would buy a set of fins for myself. They finally arrived yesterday and I was so disappointed that I didn't get to try them out. I got to use them tonight. What a difference they make. I got my first mile in about 20 minutes. I was able to continue laps for a full hour with out breaks. First I noticed that I was using different muscles in my legs. Then I realized that because fins are rubber and float, I was having to use more of my core muscles to keep my kick below the water surface. When I first got in the water I though that it would just increase my speed with less effort. (I used to scuba dive and used fins about 3.5 feet long, lots of power with very little effort) Boy was I wrong. The the kicks were more efficient, I was still getting a great workout. Probably better as I worked more of my core. I think that I will really fee this tomorrow! So ... if you having trouble finding me, better check the local pool cause I am planning on stepping up my game and increasing my mileage goals.