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we seem to have mostly runners here, which is cool.
But i'm curious, why don't many of you swim? Or if you do, why?
I swim 2x/wk usually about 3000yds/each time because I am in 1/2 Ironman training.
Just curious, is fabulous way to burn calories and not abuse the body. When I started my weight loss journey, I swam 3-5x/wk (ok back then was maybe 400-500yd/ea) but I feel it really helped burn calories and balance my body and, well, keep me from trying to run so much (which i could not do at that point but it didnt stop me from trying)
I think swimming is great, but I live in a small town, and the only indoor pool is at our local college. An outdoor pool would definitely not be an option right now. I bought a pool pass, but the hours are not good, and almost everytime I go, the lifeguard had failed to show up, which means it is locked. I bought the pass January 2, and I have only found the pool open one time. So I really can't count on that. I pretty much figured out that I need a backup plan every time I check.
Well on that note, I am off to see if the pool is open today. It is supposed to be.
Well, I am back, and the pool was not open. There was a basketball game going on in the gym, so I guess the lifeguard (students btw) felt like catching the game instead.
I guess I will try again tomorrow.
I've tried to learn to swim, but I've never been comfortable in the water. I blame my lousy eyesight: when I was a kid, I had to take my glasses off and was completely blind, which kept me from feeling secure in the pool. now that I have contacts, I'm still not comfortable putting my face in the water because I'm afraid they'll fall out. plus...there are all these babies in the pool at the Y, and I don't know how airtight those swim diapers are.
I do swim and i love it.
why? because it's got great aerobic benefits without having to torture your feet and legs so much.
But its true, lanes get very crowded at times which is annoying.
Originally posted by slowpoke:
...there are all these babies in the pool at the Y, and I don't know how airtight those swim diapers are.
They dont have a scheduled distance swim timeframe? Every pool i've known had different types at different times of the day such as recreational swim, distance, senior swim etc.
During distance swim they set up lanes, usually a slow medium and fast lane, and you can go choose which lane you prefer based on your own skill level or preferred pace and just swim back and forth.
I'd like to and plan to once I live within 30 minutes of my work and have access to a pool within an 30 minutes of my house.
Basically its a matter of time and skill.
Time: I barely have time to do the running I need to do. Because I live so far from work and I have a kid that has to be be at school and picked up from school at specific times.
Skill: I like to swim but don't know how to swim and breathe at the same time (except the back stroke and I haven't figured out how not to swim straight into the pool wall!). Fortunately skill can be taught.
I plan on doing a full Iron Man when I turn 40, so I will have to do alot of swimming eventually!
i wish i could swim...but my gym doesn't have a pool. my old gym did, but it is too far away from where i live now. i was on a swim team in grade school and jr. high and absolutely loved it. oh well, i guess i'll keep running and biking.