Most of you probably don't know this, but I used to be a swimmer. Like a serious, 2 hour a day, sometimes in the morning, on the Nationals team -type of swimmer. Well folks, that was 12 years ago and beyond & it is a struggle for me to swim 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) without feeling like I am going to die. D.I.E.
Swimming butterfly in my heyday...
Someone in the comments on my friend Jenna's post on working out with a bum knee led me to this website that teaches you how to go from swimming a short distance to swimming a mile in 6 weeks. Not only do I have have bad knees, but I also have a bad back so low impact exercises are pretty much it for me. I've had this workout in the back of my mind for the past few weeks & finally decided to start!
In the first week, you do the following workout 3 times. 1 length of a typical lap pool is 25 yards (or meters).
4 x 100 yards (12 breath rest in between 100s)
4 x 50 yards (8 breath rest)
4 x 25 yards (4 breath rest)
TOTAL: 700 yards
I casually told my husband that I planned to do the workout twice in a row since it would be a cake walk for me. HA. HA! I did it once and panted my way to the locker room :)
4 hours later, I feel great & can't wait to get back in the pool. My swim gear consists of a Speedo swimsuit and goggles and a Nike silicon swim cap. It's all you need to get started on this workout!
I decided to blog about this so that I would be held (somewhat) accountable for following through. Is anyone interested in joining me on this challenge? Let me know - I'd love to keep track with you and update our progress together!