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1/29/09 12:04 A

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Our pool requires everyone to wear a cap, even bald men--for REAL! emoticon

Anyway, I do find that it helps protect my hair. I use a spandex one, not plastic. I also spray in some conditioner before a swim. Bad, I know, but this is my hair we are talking about! Anyway, it is mostly contained under the cap. I have very fine thin easily damaged hair, so I do what I have to do.

Plan to succeed. If you really want to win, you have to have a plan and stick to it. You also have to be able to adapt your plan and keep it dynamic. Gotta have a PLAN.


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1/28/09 4:13 P

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i don't have anything to say about HRMs, i never use one, so i'm glad you got to exchange thoughts and experiences!
i use a regular shower gel, and moisturizing lotion after my swims. i usually don't wash my hair after every swim because it reacts VERY sensitive to frequent shampooing. most of the time i just rinse out the chlorine very thoroughly, then use a spray silk conditioner that you don't rinse out. if i do wash my hair, i use a shampoo for strained and dry hair.
i know i should get around to using a cap, but i just hate the feeling.

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1/28/09 12:31 P

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I just got this target body wash with shea butter and I really like it. I already have dry skin especially in the winter and the chlorine made it worse. Lotion doesn't do anything but the body wash works great. And I switched to Treseme' shampoo & conditioner (moisture rich) it's really thick and stays in well. I leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing it out. I was using Paul Mitchel, which I like when I'm not swimming, but it doesn't get the chlorine out. And I use the Mary Kay time wise facial moisturizer.

Do you swim with a swim cap? I have one, but it pulls my hair. Are you supposed to wet your hair before putting it on? Are you supposed to wear it with a pony tail or does it matter?

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SIDSPARK's Photo SIDSPARK Posts: 3,770
1/28/09 10:29 A

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speaking of chlorine, what body wash, shampoo, skin care products do you use after a swim? emoticon

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GLENDARATCLIFF's Photo GLENDARATCLIFF Posts: 139
1/28/09 9:32 A

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Wow, I was overestimating too. I usually swim 50 laps (2500M) Takes me about an hour and 15 minutes. Logging that into spark estimates right under 1K calories. That is a big difference.
I can't wait to get mine in, hopefully tomorrow. So I can make sure and burn more than I take in. I think it will be a great motivator too to see those burned calories.

I don't know what the deal is with all the chlorination. The pool that I swim in is over chlorinated too and is indoor and I get headaches from the smell. It does a number on my skin too, no matter how many times I shower, my skin still smells like chlorine.

Glenda

Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

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SWIMGIRL13's Photo SWIMGIRL13 Posts: 38
1/28/09 8:01 A

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When I get in the water lately, I've been trying to do between 3000 - 3500 meters which works out to be about 120 - 140 lengths of my gym's 25 meter pool. I don't swim it straight. I do sets and lots of drills.

At this point, I'm only swimming once a week . . . maybe twice because I'm working on running (my uber weakness) and strength training right now.

Per the HRM, I was really surprised at how many calories I burned--about 520 in 65 minutes--but I also did some sets that really got my heart rate up there. It's nice to have a more accurate read on all that because both Spark and some of the machines overestimate calories burned quite a bit.

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SIDSPARK's Photo SIDSPARK Posts: 3,770
1/28/09 4:29 A

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I have a polar but I don't think I can use it in the water. Too bad, because I really would like to know how much I burn on average.

Jenny, how many laps do you do in an hour, and what was the burn? I too sniffle for hours after my swim. I hate over chlorination.

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SWIMGIRL13's Photo SWIMGIRL13 Posts: 38
1/27/09 8:12 A

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Glenda:

I just bought a Polar F6 in December and I've used it in the pool twice (just to get a sense of heart rate & calories burned during a typical 65 minute work out). It worked wonderfullly though I can't yet speak to its longevity in highly chlorinated water. The pool I swim in is fairly chemically loaded (I sniffle for hours afterwards).

This is the first time I've used a HRM and I've found it both pretty easy to use and extremely interesting.

Good luck!

Jenny

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GLENDARATCLIFF's Photo GLENDARATCLIFF Posts: 139
1/26/09 10:10 P

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I want to get a HRM and am pretty set on the Polar F6. That seems to be the #1 pick. I read on the website that it can be worn in the pool, but may short out in high chlorine. I was just wondering if anyone had an F6 and how did it do in the water?

Glenda

Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

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