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.
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!
Are you a swimmer?