Do I have a treat for you guys!
As most of you know I have been dabbling with the idea of starting to swim.
Well I haven’t gotten the balls to go in the water, yet. So, I asked my good friend TriGirl to do a guest post for me. I love her, love her blog and her art. PLUS as a bonus she’s kind of hilarious!
So I hope you enjoy her as much as I do
Hi everyone! I’ve been reading Ali’s blog for a long time; maybe a year? Of course, in blogging time, that’s like a decade. It’s similar to dog years…or Hollywood marriages.
At any rate, she asked if I would guest post about swimming, and I said “Yes! Of course!” Now lest anyone be fooled, let me tell you up front that I am NOT a good swimmer.
My entire blog is dedicated to the fact that I try to be athletic. In fact, I tri. My site is called
Tri-ing to Be Athletic. I started it on my hubby’s recommendation because he missed getting all my training on YouTube…and those experiences need to be shared, y’all.
You see, I have never been an athlete. But, I got bullied suckered into signing up for the Danskin triathlon with some coworkers, under the ruse that I did not have to train for it. So, train I did not, and hypothermia-while-nearly-drowning I did get.
I decided that I would not quit, but actually start training in earnest. I started to hit the pool on a regular basis, and I have completed 3 sprint tris, along with 3 half marathons in the past 2 years. Here are the things I have learned about swimming thus far:
Thing #1: If the last time you actually *swam* was somewhere around the year before you hit puberty, it will be hard. Prepare to look like a dork when you start out.
It’s ok, lots of us are bad swimmers in the pool.
Thing #2: Prepare for lots of unsolicited advice while swimming. Some of it will be crazy, but some will be excellent.
Your job is to sort out what works and what requires further investigation.
Thing #3: You know what you don’t want to do? You don’t want to forget how cold you get in the water. Because hypothermia in open water is all kinds of “not fun”.
I was given a pool noodle to keep from drowning in my first triathlon attempt. True story.
This leads to Thing #4: If you are training for a triathlon, but are not a good swimmer, find out if wetsuits are allowed in your race. If they are, GET ONE. You will be warm and floaty.
But get out and practice in the open water at least a handful of times before the race because…
Thing #5: Wetsuits are snug. Reaallllyyy snug.
If you want to get into triathlons, or you just want to start swimming again, there are lots of good training videos on YouTube. You can also sign up for local adult swim lessons and Masters training programs.
And now, most importantly–Thing #6: If you want to get better at swimming, you have to go swimming. I did not get better until I started going to the pool twice a week; it made me decent for short distances, but I still have a lot more swimming to do. I believe most of you new swimmers will be better than me in no time!
Thanks so much, Ali, for letting me take over and talk to your readers today!
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*That pink thing is supposed to be a spatula and I’m hugging, not strangling*
I promise I’ll stick to blogging and not to drawing.
1. can you relate to any of these swimming training tips??
2. when’s the last time you were in a pool?
a month ago
3. ever had hypothermia??
Fortunately I never have. I do, however know how to treat you and possibly save your life if you get it ;)