Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mixing It Up

Wednesdays are my cross-training days. I normally go for a bike ride (anywhere from 15-20ish miles) on my hybrid beach cruiser (meaning it has gears).

Today it was pretty breezy (which turns into me riding directly into the hellish wind for 8 miles of my ride), yet warm out (yup, you guessed it, we are heading into yet another weekend with a HEAT WAVE). I decided, instead of fighting my way through a bike ride, I would head down to our pool for a workout.

Let me tell you, I am NOT what some would call a swimmer. Sure, my parents put me in swim lessons at the Y when I was a baby, but I don't think I got much more advanced than that. Although I love going to the pool, my time is spent laying in the sun NEXT TO it, NOT in it! My preferred stroke of choice is the doggy paddle. 

Just in case you were wondering the "professional way" to enter a pool... THIS IS NOT IT!

I decided I would do 45 minutes of a pool workout (notice, I did not say swimming because I am not sure you would call what I did "swimming", but hey, it works and I am alive to type about it).

For the first 5 minutes I "swam" laps - and by swam laps I mean I did 3 laps of the breast stroke without using my legs and then 3 laps of the back stroke without using my arms (I tell myself it is working specific muscles, but it is probably more that I don't know how to swim the strokes properly).

After my "swimming", I followed it up by 5 minutes of treading water. I always hear what a good workout sports like water polo are because of how much water they have to tread, so I should probably do it, right?

Then I made my way over to the corner of the pool to do five triceps dips (Don't laugh! My upper body strength is pretty non-existent so I thought 5 was better than none.).

I did this little 10 minute circuit 4.5 times (the last set I didn't do the treading water portion). 

Now I obviously wouldn't suggest this as a swimming workout to someone else (I am honestly a little embarrassed even to share it since I know it is like swimming floating for beginners), but I think it did its job for me. I was able to mix up my workout a bit, keep cool, and have a little fun - so I think it was a WIN-WIN-WIN!

And I had a nice view while I was trying not to drown!

Are you a swimmer?

1 comment:

Scarabocchio Girl said...

Yes, definitely. But I've started to go in deep water only when I was 16. Before that, I swam but not too much. Then I've made the decision to participate to a swimming course to beat my fear of deep water and I won! I love swimming and I swim once a week. It's also very nice for muscles after runs, I find that my muscles are more relaxed after swimming!