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Saturday, June 22, 2013

So, I finally joined my local YMCA yesterday and went this morning for my first workout. I had planned to get there by 8am so I could do some lap swimming before the adult lap swim ended at 9 [Saturdays during the summer, there are kids' swimming classes during the rest of the morning], but I didn't end up leaving my house until 8. I figured the pool would be crowded so I wouldn't get to swim-- but I peeked in on my way to the locker room and there were only two people in the pool! So I changed into my bathing suit and went swimming before hitting up the rest of the gym.

Oh, swimming. Haha. So, I can swim. I've known how to swim pretty much my entire life. My mom took us all to aqua baby classes, we had a pool in our backyard throughout my entire childhood, and we went to the beach regularly, living about 10 minutes away from it. I'm a competent swimmer, and I can hold my own even in the ocean. I am not, however, very elegant or efficient in my swimming. Aside from when I was ~1 year old, I've never taken swim lessons. I know how to swim, but I don't know how to swim properly, if you know what I mean. My form is terrible. I splash everywhere. I don't understand when you're supposed to breathe [or, I understand in theory, but actually making it happen is another matter].

Plus, I haven't been swimming in about 3 years.

So, I got in the pool and swam to the end. 37 seconds. Okay, not bad at all. Sure, there was a lot of splashing and I am terrible at swimming in a straight line [but I can't really walk in a straight line either so, what do you expect?] but not terrible. I turned around and swam back to my starting point. 1:30 for the entire lap. Somewhere around the second lap, I started to falter. This was HARD. I was expecting that, but... I wasn't quite prepared.

I ended up doing 5 laps, with longer and longer breaks between them, in about 15 minutes. I've done better, but I've also done worse. So, I have my fitness challenge for the summer. Well, sort of. I'm going to be focusing on my swimming, but... what's a good goal to work towards? Like, how many laps is a decent workout, and in how much time? I know absolutely nothing about lap swimming, so...

The Y also offers adult swim lessons so I'm thinking about that, once I have more cash to spare. They have basic swim lessons and "technique clinics" so the latter is definitely for me. Like I said, I know how to swim, I just don't know how to swim *properly*. [Another thing I still have to learn? How to put a swim cap on properly. That was a disaster.]

After swimming, I went to the cardio room and did some time on the elliptical and treadmill [just walking, I'm still recovering from a knee injury from last week] so that was nice, as well. And I've got my class schedule all picked out!

Monday, 9-10am: women with weights [I really need to get back into strength training]
Tuesday, 6-7pm: kickboxing
Wednesday, 9-10am: aqua aerobics [SO EXCITED!]
Friday, 9-10am: aqua aerobics

Not too bad. emoticon There's also a more advanced weight class, that's more p90x style, which I want to do eventually. But first, I have to get my strength training back up to where it should be. And there's a spin class, which I might do eventually, but I didn't want to do too much at first. [Sadly, the yoga class doesn't work out with my work schedule. Oh well, maybe next session!]
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    Sounds like a great plan , enjoy the swimming, I love aqua aerobics & aqua Zumba
    2003 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds like you're on your way to learning the finer points of swimming.
    2004 days ago
    Hey! If you haven't seen it, i just blogged about meeting my swim goal which was to swim a mile (66 lengths of the pool straight). There is a 6 week program similar to c25k called o to 1650. I did it in 4 weeks, but I swam varsity in high school. I am ~250 pounds now, so if I can do it, anyone can!


    For you I would recommend the preliminary program first:


    If you do anything, make sure it is some sort of structured thing, as swimming for x amount of time isn't as efficient in my opinion, and programs give me a better sense of accomplishment and an idea of what i can do and improvement. I also recommend only swimming freestyle, as you get the best workout with that stroke (a lot of people i see at the pool are doing side or breast).

    People who swim laps regularly usually do 2000-3000 yards (80-120 lengths) which takes 30-60 minutes. It took me 47 minutes to swim the 1650 (66 lengths).

    I plan to start these now that I have met my goal.

    It does sound like swim lessons may be helpful you to, as the better your stroke is, the faster and easier swimming will be for you. Have them just take a look at your stroke and then give you pointers as to improve it.

    Also, make sure you have a good pair of goggles.

    Good luck! and feel free to send me any questions you have!
    2004 days ago
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