I love to swim. It ranks right behind running in terms of stress relieving activities. Whenever I can get to the gym and slip in the pool for any amount of time my day is better.
I grew up at a swim club too, so there is just a certain sense of familiarity to the activity that I don’t really have with running.
As an adult the best lesson in swimming I ever received was from this triathlete swimming next to me. She watched me and asked if I would like some tips. I wasn’t a bad swimmer, I just wasn’t necessarily efficient in my free-style stroke either. Her approach was great. You could tell she didn’t want to embarrass me in the water. She just casually worked in some “this will help” type of remarks.
Since then I’ve gotten better at pivoting from the hips and breathing out of both sides of my stroke.
I’m still not a sprinter in the water. My swims are laid back events, a nice alternative to running that works more of my upper body.
That said, I’m always looking to improve. I see people constantly with little notebooks or pieces of paper with lap information written down to maximize their workouts.
This morning I read this article with some real swim instructions I might try.
I also came across a brief read on biking and another that has something that’s not fitness related, work.
This article provides a workout routine from swimmer Klete Keller. I’ll be honest, no idea who Klete Keller is, but he’s wearing a lot of medals around his neck, so he must be good (insert tongue-in-cheek). More than anything the read does what I wish more articles would do, put down in plain English a set of instructions I can attempt to follow the next time I am in the pool. Typically I swim a straight 1600 (as I mentioned before). This will help break that up, and perhaps increase productivity, even if I only incorporate parts of the routine.
I wish. I wish I could bike to work. I’ve often thought about it. I live about 4 miles from where I work. I’m in an urban setting that would make travel by pedal relatively safe. There is even a shower where I work, if I got a little sweaty from all that pedaling. Problem is, my hours. Driving to work would be fine. I go in at 3 p.m. The problem would be coming home at 1 or 2 a.m., driving past bars with drunk drivers streaming out on certain nights, and some of the neighborhoods. More than a couple of blocks are sort of, um questionable. Still though, this article was interesting to read, and I may be ill, but I do find it appealing to live in a carless world.
Speaking of work . . . the above headline is happening more and more, and it is sad. Today newspaper industry website, Romenesko, confirmed that the Pulitzer winning Times-Picayune is going to a three days a week production schedule. Detroit’s paper has done something similar for a couple of years now. I grew up in a house where my dad read the afternoon paper religiously (p.m. papers have been a thing of the past for a while now) and I work for a paper. Ironically, my work is online, but the news of print going away still saddens me and scares me a little. Cheap print for readers still serves a purpose I believe, and if you can get it into a person’s hands (which is happening less and less I know) it does a better job at holding one’s attention, I believe. The distractions online are too great. And this isn’t to mention the economy of having to afford a device (computer,tablet,smart phone) to get access to news if paper’s go away. I’m sure humanity will survive and adjust and print will survive in some way, for at least a small and engaged audience, but still. There is always a price to be paid for progress and cannot be predicted.