Coincident with the long, lazy days of summer, this month of my Fitness Project will be devoted to swimming - in pools, mountain lakes, and maybe, just maybe, in the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean. So today I bought some new goggles and a speedo, looked up the schedules at all the nearby public and private pools, and dove in for my first swim workout of the month.
As my inaugural swim I did a workout that I did at nauseum during both of my pregnancies, and continues to be pretty much my favorite swim workout.
1 x 400
2 x 200
4 x 100
8 x 50
When I have the time, or want to go a little longer than one mile, I break the freestyle sets up with 1 X 100 kicking, and 1 x 100 IM or breaststroke. This workout is fast, efficient, and the increasing reps, coupled with decreased lengths and increased speed makes the time go by quickly.
I must admit, gliding semi-weightless through the water today felt amazing after the incessant pounding of last month's running focus. I watched my arms glisten in the sunlight as I took a breath, sommersaulted gleefully into a kick turn at the end of each lap, and paced myself against the ticking of the swim clock. After 35 minutes, I hopped out, showered quickly, and went about my day. One mile stronger. One workout happier. One delicious salad for lunch healthier.
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