As I posted in my earlier post, I am stuck with really light non-heart stress inducing workouts right now. In the words of my doctor: ‘brisk walking and light activity only’. I understand this is because the pressure was so high he is afraid of me having a stroke or heart attack. I digress. So, I have been focusing really hard on walking for the last week and doing some pilates and yoga classes. I figured since I am on light duty it would be great time to try some different activities and see how they will work mixed in with my triathlon training when I am allowed to continue my usual workouts. So besides that I also wanted to spend some time in the pool. I knew I could not or should not do my normal workouts as they push endurance and get my heart rate up. So I settled on going back to the basics and spending some good time just drilling on form and mechanics of swimming. While not a difficult workout, I found it was very beneficial as I just focused on the basic mechanics of total immersion swimming.
I was initially inspired by a fellow bloggers post on floating and the mechanics of floating. This is a key lesson in learning to do total immersion style of swimming and I try to go back to it at least once a month if not more often. I decided I could practice some other drills focusing on floating and body position mechanic exercises. So for about 30 minutes I worked on properly floating on my back, sides and in a skate position(side with arm out). The goal in the latter is to feel like you are appropriately flowing downward. The overall goal was to just practice moving appropriately in the water. As I said, really early basic drills learned early in total immersion swimming lessons.
Overall a great work out. I realize now that I need to work to incorporate these into my swim workouts more often. I think practicing these drills do really help in the overall big picture of swimming laps, its all about swim economy. By being able to position my body in the water appropriately I can glide and cut through the water better, thus I am a better swimmer. As I said I do these at least once a month, but I think I might start working on them once a week. It does feel a little weird being in the pool and only doing drills while other lane swimmers are pounding out lap after lap, but I know I am becoming a better more efficient swimmer by working on the base mechanics.
So while I am activity limited, I think this was a very constructive use of my down time as I am working to make myself a better swimmer. This is what overcoming life’s little challenges is really all about. Til next time.