Category Pool

Going With the Flow: Swim Tempo Training

I owe allot of my current swimming success to the Total Immersion method of swimming.  Growing up I learned how to swim… flat with all legs and arms doing the work.  When I started to get ready for my first triathlon last year I immediately realized that was not going to work.  I researched triathlon […]

A Very Long Time In the Pool

Last week I mentioned that I participated in the Aqua Aerobics/Boot Camp class at my pool as it preceded my swim time and closed the pool for an hour.  I have opted to join the class as it does provide a different kind of full body workout and gets me pumped up for my swim […]

Beware of the Snake!!!

This morning I began the new base phase with my customary first morning swim.  The plan originally called for a series of pyramid or ladder laps,  about 3000 meters.  Once I realized that the pool was empty, I changed this plan and replaced it with snaking lane drills.  This is the first time I have tried […]

Brrr… My Pool Is Freezing

First day of the week and I have already put in a full day of workouts.  Early this morning I got up and threw myself into the freezing pool water at the gym, later in the evening I got my fist interval set for the week completed.  Overall not a bad training day.  While it […]

Another Step Towards Awesome

Yesterday I posted my weekly goals and my goals for the next four week training cycle. My biggest focus for this phase was to get back to basics and get a good solid month of training.  I knew with the last of the holiday days falling on this week I would have a limited week […]

I Think I Have This Backstroke Thing Figured Out

One of my goals for this phase aimed to add at least one additional stroke to my swimming.  When I have not been sick  or injured I have been working on the backstroke.  Initially, when I went through the total immersion swim drills, I learned a method of floating on the water that gives the […]

Mental Toughness of Swimming Over a Mile

If you have been reading my blog for the last couple of weeks, I recently completed some major swimming milestones.  First, I swam a solid mile freestyle in the ocean (albeit with some stops and starts but never touching the bottom).  Following that I swam 1600 meters at once completing the mile distance.  Then last […]

Adventures In Swimming

When I started training for this triathlon back in May of 2012 I realized right away that endurance wise, I had the endurance of someone who barely ever left the couch.  Running, I barely lasted 20-30 seconds. Swimming was worse, I could go 100 meters (4 laps) but that was my max extent. Since then […]

Swimming Milestones: Almost to A Mile

I have blogged recently about my realization of being able to currently complete the distances that would ensure I finish a my selected first triathlon (here), but I have not talked about my swimming progress in detail.  When I first started training for my first triathlon, developing a fitness level that would allow me to […]

More Back To Basics Swimming

As I posted earlier today, due to external factors I have to take it easy in my workouts and I have begun to go back and revisit my swimming drills.  Doing swimming drills help extend the mechanics and flow of swimming.  Also, most importantly it helps to enforce muscle memory and make you a more […]