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I Decide to Take My Own Advice

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I spent some time thinking about it. Why is it that as an "adult onset athlete" I've come to enjoy running, walking, cycling, Zumba, elliptical, and many activities and exercises, yet I have not enjoyed the one athletic activity I liked as a teen, swimming?

The first time I tried swimming after years of not swimming, I dove in in front of my child, grandkids and husband and swam the American crawl. I kicked with all my might and thought I was doing really well, when I ran out of steam and had to stand up after probably 20 yards, 5 yards from the wall. I was totally out of breath and uncomfortable. What a disappointment!! A couple more times I swam and found I could swim 16 or 20 laps breast stroke or backstroke or sidestroke, but when I did the crawl I felt uncomfortable. I just couldn't seem to make it 25 yards doing the crawl.

Today I decided to take my own advice and approach swimming like I do running. I swam a lap breast stroke slowly to warm up, then I swam one lap crawl slowly, breathing every 2 or 4 strokes. I swam another breaststroke lap and a fourth lap of crawl, just a little more vigorously. I did not feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable. Then I got out, considering it a success.

I'm thinking of crawl/breaststroke/crawl as being equivalent to run/walk/run. I believe with this slow and steady approach, I'll come to enjoy swimming again!

(PS That was not my total workout today. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and a fast 10 minutes on the stationary bike before the pool. I still need to do 10 more minutes of cardio to meet my goal for the day. I'll do it!!)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATMAGNET 10/6/2012 9:20PM

    You know, that makes total sense to me, as someone who swims as well as runs and have had my own issues with crawl stroke. I'll definitely have to try that approach! THANK YOU!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/5/2012 12:02PM

    Congrats and Great job! Very admirable work!

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SWEDE_SU 10/5/2012 4:24AM

    sounds like a great workout to me! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/5/2012 2:05AM

    Way to challenge yourself again Marsha!! it always helps to change up your exercise! I do hope you regain the love of swimming you once had! I certainly can understand the joy of gliding through the water, losing yourself in the motion and cushioned by the water although I tend to sink like a stone :P
Enjoy this new dimension in your fitness level!

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JIBBIE49 10/4/2012 10:51PM


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AQUAGIRL08 10/4/2012 8:37PM

    I'm so proud of you for taking the plunge into the water. I wish I had been able to be there to swim with you. See? You went to water and I went to land. What a pair!!! LOL

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GABY1948 10/4/2012 7:32PM

    You are such a great inspiration...thanks for sharing such great nuggets!

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MEXGAL1 10/4/2012 7:27PM

    good for you. I know swimming is so good for us, especially as we age. I have a wonderful pool and it's heated and I just don't like swimming either the way I did when I was young. I spent my entire summers in the pool. So you are making me thing, perhaps I should work at it again. The other thing that is a bit of a pain in the butt is messing up my hair each time I swim. I know, not an excuse. So Marsha, thanks for the blog. I am going to rethink it.

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PEZMOM1 10/4/2012 6:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/4/2012 6:40PM

    Absolutely the equivalent... I've dropped back to rotating strokes now that the triathlon is in the rear view mirror myself. I love rotating: right side, left side, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, front crawl, back crawl is a six length rotation. I get in the groove and just count the number of rotations, multiply by 150 yards to get my distance!

When I was tri-training, I was moving to all crawl (slow) in my swim workouts, and easily lost track of my counts.

Anyway... what I really wanted to say was: emoticon back to the pool! emoticon

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ROOSTER72 10/4/2012 5:10PM

    Great work - with that kind of effort you will get there.
I have heard people say that a single adult swimming lesson can be terrific too - just to give you some pointers!

You'll be doing triathalon next!

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MIRAGE727 10/4/2012 5:01PM

    What a victory, Marsha! I'm so happy for you!

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JOYINKY 10/4/2012 2:10PM

    I like "adult onset athlete" too! Sure beats most everything else that is "adult onset"!! emoticon

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GLASSART43 10/4/2012 2:03PM

    Good plan. I love swimming and made that my main form of exercise two summers ago when I joined SparkPeople. Like you, I was disappointed in my lack of endurance and enjoyment, but over a few weeks was soon swimming three times as many laps in half the time as I'd started. Most of the time I had the pool to myself, which helped.

This last summer I still swam, but had added biking, walking, Zumba and strength training. It still amazes me that for someone who never exercised consistently in my 50's, in my 60's I miss the activity if I don't do something every day.

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FROSTY99 10/4/2012 2:03PM

    emoticon Marsha, I hope you regain your love of swimming again.

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123ELAINE456 10/4/2012 1:27PM

  Swimming is a fun thing to do. Hope you can come to enjoy it again. Good for you to start out slow with it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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81MSMITH1 10/4/2012 12:49PM

    I haven't heard the phrase 'adult onset athlete' before, but I love it. I think I will definiately be using it in the future.

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-PAULA 10/4/2012 12:18PM

    Good for you! Swimming is great exercise!

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NEW-CAZ 10/4/2012 12:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 10/4/2012 12:10PM

    Good for you!

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