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0 to 1650: Like Couch to 5k (but in the pool)

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!


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Reader Comments (5)

Wow, that's so awesome that you're getting back into swimming! I always wanted to be able to swim for a good workout, but since we don't belong to a gym or pool...well, the treadmill in our basement will just have to do. It really intrigues me though--maybe we'll get a community pool when we move to Spain so I can give this a try! Good luck!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I swam in high school and it's really the only reason I got into triathlons then running longer distances. I was so happy to have access to a pool this past summer - it just feels so good! Congrats to you on getting back on track for a mile!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Your timing is amazing! I've been trying to get myself back into swimming for ages and yesterday I bit the bullet and swam a mile at LPAC. Going back tomorrow for more! I swam in High School too!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda @ The Fix-Its

I used to be a swimmer too. Last year before we went to Jamaica, I took it up again for a while. I enjoyed it, but stopped doing it as the weather got colder (frozen hair on the drive home is NO FUN--have to drive a ways to get to our YMCA I lost motivation after the vacation). Were you super sore after the first day? I was.. Silly me thought that since i could easily swim 2500-3000 meters in h.s., a good 1500 meter workout at the crack of dawn would be a good starting point. Could barely walk the next day.. haha!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNodakademic

Yay swimmers!
I was also a competitive swimmer in age-group swimming and high school (also played water polo). It is such an awesome workout! I tried swimming laps the other months...swam for about 20 minutes and I was pooped! How I ever swam for 3 hours a day/6 days a week, I will never know. I would love to do this, but I don't have consistent access to a pool. :o(

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMariko

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