like a fish…

so instead of doing an additional run this week, I decided to splash around in some liquid chlorine. yummy.

i spent 10 consecutive summers swimming for the neighborhood pool league in the ‘burbs of Denver, so I am comfortable in the water and it was good to stretch out and exercise that way.

I only spent 30 minutes in the pool: did 200 warm up, then 100 working on stroke… then I used a kickboard for 100 m and used the leg floaters to do 150 m stroke drills and then a 100 warm down. nothing too intense, but it felt good.

The pool wasn’t super busy so I had my own lane for 3/4 of my workout, which was nice. I tried to breathe out all my breath, as it’s one of those things that stuck with me for those years of swimming as a kid and then at CU Boulder on the triathlon team: Breathe out all your air so that when you take a breath in, you get as much as you need.

This is the exact same principle that Danny addresses in ChiRunning: to breathe out fully so that you can breathe in fully to get maximum usage of the air… except that in water, for most people, it’s very easy to avoid doing that, but the problem becomes a question of hyperventilation, and it water, that’s a scary proposition.

I want to check out Total Immersion swimming… but a DVD or try to go to a workshop. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Total Immersion is to swimming what ChiRunning is to running: don’t force it!

Anyway, I felt appropriately fatigued, though I knew I could have swum longer, I didn’t want to.

As I was driving home, I remembered this amazing thing about swimming that’s different from any other sport: every single cell in your body is tired after swimming. It’s like with running certain things might be more fatigued that other parts of your body, but with swimming-(please let me know if you agree)-all cells and muscles are ‘used’ and though some workouts might leave your body less tired or more tired, the whole body feels it. It’s a delicious feeling and one a really enjoy.

Plus, swimming has always left me with a healthy appetite and there’s nothing like eating a big meal after swimming. When I was in college, after that 90 min swim workouts, we’d go eat pizza, beer and a whole pint of ice cream. YUM!

I noticed that my heart rate was much lower than when I run, but my PRE was higher when I swam: it only peaked about 130 during the whole time I swam, but I felt like I was exerting myself at about 6 or 7 on a scale of 10, which when running, (for now) gets my HR up around 170…


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