Tri Training: Lessons From My First Swim Practice

by This is Carrie on January 16, 2009

Mens or Womens–Speedo swimsuits are just not attractive.
It takes skills to get a swim cap on.
Counting strokes and laps is BORING.
what tri?
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mommymae January 16, 2009 at 4:48 am

i just recently started swimming again after having a baby and, for the first time, it isn’t boring. i am a former competitive swimmer, so i’ve done it before, but it always felt like a job i didn’t want to do. now, i like it again and feel good while swimming laps. hopefully, it will get better for you.

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Melissa January 16, 2009 at 5:33 am

I took a spring board diving class at BYU and they gave us a swimming suit that was worse than a speedo to wear. Horrid.
You are so cool…doing a tri.

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Zinone January 16, 2009 at 6:03 am

Swimming is the lonliest sport. I do remember hearing from someone that the only way to keep it not boring is to keep it competitive. Try to swim with someone and push eachother. If only we could use ipods in the water :) BTW 20 laps your first go is AMAZING!

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Chloe January 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

You are my rockstar hero. Just remember that when you get bored :)

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Elise January 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm

You’ll be faster than most of the people in the pool in no time at all. You actually make me a little nervous.

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box January 18, 2009 at 6:31 am

When I swim I focus on the feeling of the water instead of how many laps I am doing. I concentrate on making sure my body is not feeling resistance. Hope this helps :)

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jaya pratheesh January 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm

can you tell me how to get a swim cap on? i have long hair and cap or no cap, it always gets wet.

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alisha January 20, 2009 at 2:00 am

Hey thanks so much for this. Keep em posts coming, find them so interesting. Anyways where did you take your swimming lessons ? I’m keen to take it up while I’m still young.

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Sarah January 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Hey friend, My sister, Rachel, got a waterproof earphone set and cover thingy for her ipod and now she enjoys her swim workouts so much more. maybe that would help with the boredom!

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Anna December 2, 2009 at 3:26 pm

oh, I love this! I'm so surprised to see someone interested in swimming & sewing! I swam competitively my whole life, and all through college. I love coaching too. I hope your swimming has gone well!

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Amanda Cathleen July 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

I found your blog the other day, can’t quite remember how now. But have been enjoying going through your archives. This tip might work for you, I’m a girl scout leader and at camp we put swim caps on the girls so the life guard can quickly tell where they are allowed in the pool. To put the caps on we fill the cap up with water and then drop it onto their head and pulling it down at the same time. The older girls could do this by themselves, their hair would get a little wet but it is by far the easiest and fastest way to put on a swimming cap.

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