Happy Wednesday! Injury update: My foot is feeling a lot better and I’ve started running again slowly but surely. I am taking it one step at a time (literally) but I am feeling very hopeful that I am on my way back! You may have seen that I’ve also decided to jump back into a few Sprint Triathlon races this year. The swim has always been a cause of anxiety for me. I know I am a strong swimmer, but I always get nervous on race day. When I noticed that my gym was offering a Master Swim Class, I thought it the perfect time to jump in!
Usually when I go for a swim, I just jump in and do some laps. I really don’t pay much attention to my pace or perform any type of workout. I just swim. While there is certainly nothing wrong with just swimming, I am always looking for a challenge and would love to improve my confidence during the tri.
I arrived at my first class, a little nervous and a lot excited. There were 4 other women there of varying ages and fitness abilities. We were given a warm up workout to perform:
Usually my workout would stop after the 600 m warm up. I had no idea what I was in for. Over the next 45 minutes we did speed drills, equipment drills and received lots of feedback on our stroke. I was completely exhausted but amazed that I could swim for this long. Over the course of the class we swam about 1,700 m or a little over a mile. I was pretty proud of myself.
I was surprised by how hard the workout was and surprised by how much I loved it! I convinced some of my friends to come the next week and thy loved it too. We are having a great time training together for our May triathlon. Just like running, swimming with friends is so much more fun.
I’m loving my new class and “soaking up” all the advice from my coach. Our workouts change each week and we vary between using all sorts of fun toys. I love excuses to buy new gear! Fins to help build a stronger flutter kick and leg strength. Buoys and paddles to work on arm strength and stroke. I am looking for a new pair of goggles. Any suggestions?? (This post contains affiliate links)
Do you use any of these toys for your swim workout? Are there anymore that I need?
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