I’ve been a swimmer for a long time now and every time I jump into the cold, blueish water (Some pools look a little green…YUCK!), a sense of security and rightness comes over my entire body. I don’t feel right when I don’t swim and although this may be a (kind of) weird thing to say, I don’t. I’m a huge yoga buff, really a lover of all workouts Bryan Kest, but aside from the yoga highs, strength, and fabulous explosions of happiness I get after one of his classes (a.k.a. me choosing a class from his library of classes online…because I live in Newport News, VA not Santa Monica, CA), I can’t help but feel the exact same way after a swim. Okay, so maybe Bryan Kest has rubbed off on me and my swims a bit, having now created a since of calmness and equanimity when I swim, but that’s not the entire reason behind why I love swimming!

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Bryan Kest

Swimming can be downright frustrating and tiresome, but it can also be refreshing (and I’m not talking about jumping into freezing water at 5 am) and very motivating. Watching the pace clock tick round and around, then seeing yourself day by day, second by second getting faster and faster (Is there an echo in the room?), is truly an endearing feeling. Plus, I just plain love wearing a swimsuit, probably because I’m so used to wearing one, but also because I love the comfort I feel in my own skin. When I take my clothes off and expose my bright, patterned swim suit, also the bareness of my arms and legs, I feel proud!

I’M SPORTING MYSELF WITH CONFIDENCE AND WHAT’S BETTER THAN THAT?!

No matter what the lifeguard thinks, the guy next to me, or the woman two lanes down, I don’t care. I just don’t….

I’M ME AND THAT’S ALL I CAN BE!

CAN YOU RELATE?

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Sooo now feeling this huge surge of confidence as I leap feet first into the chlorine infested water (Better than being shark infested, right? Yikes!), I feel this calmness that can only be described as a peaceful stillness, like I’m in this euphoric state of bliss (Similar to a runner’s high), waiting for my workout to begin. You see, the thing I love most about swimming is its adventurous quality. Each workout has its own unique features (different strokes, different intervals, different drills, etc.) that prevent me from becoming bored, but then again, I never swim the same workout twice! Running has its own fun factor going on, too, like speed work, running hills and trails, also tempo runs, but nothing like swimming (at least for me).

WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO YOU EVER GET BORED RUNNING?

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I love running!

Well, to sum it up, I love running and swimming both, but in different ways. The yogi in me relates to the swimmer in me more than the runner (…in me). Maybe a little confusing, but pretty much, it’s easier for me to find my “inner chi” in swimming than in running. I tend to tense up more when I run.

MY SWIMMING GOALS:

1] SWIM UNDER 1:00 IN THE 100 YARD BUTTERFLY (I’m so close)

2] SWIM MY 100 METER FLY IN UNDER 1:10 AT SUMMER NATIONALS (Nationals is hosted at a long course (50 meter) pool, so you swim longer than in a short course (yard) pool)

3] START TRAINING 200 FLY AGAIN

4] TRAIN HARD FOR MY OPEN WATER SWIMS/AQUATHLONS (Run-Swim-Runs) THAT I’M COMPETING IN THIS SUMMER

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Love the pool!

DO YOU LIKE SWIMMING? WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

Xoxo,

Kristin

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  1. SugarFreeSweety

    I like your goals in the pool! My last butterfly goal was to compete in 800m butterfly 10 years ago, but I trained too hard and ended up ruining my shoulder. I´m hoping that by the end of this year I can start competing again, but this time as a master. There are few national records in my age group that no one has claimed yet =)

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    1. Kristin

      Wow, I’m so excited to hear from a fellow swimmer! I love it! Sorry about your shoulders though, that 800 fly sounds intense! 🙂 I really hope you can start swimming again and get it girl!! You get those records!! That’s awesome!!

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      1. SugarFreeSweety

        I took a look at the records in my age group (I go up to next one next year) and there are almost no records in 50m pool so I MUST start competing again 🙂
        I dont swim much but I coach 9 groups of kids this winter

      2. Kristin

        Yes, that’s exciting, you MUST compete again! You can do it! I’m sure you’ll do fantastic! That’s great about coaching and that’s a lot of coaching (9 groups)! I coach a summer league swim team and have coached high school swimming a few years. I love it!

      3. SugarFreeSweety

        I only coach 2-8 years old, so I have beginners and youngest swimmers (most of them have been swimming for less than 3 years). I used to coach older kids but I prefer the little ones. My groups are only 2x a week so this is my part time job while I´m at uni

    1. Kristin

      Swimming in many respects is a lot of fun, not just competition wise. It’s really relaxing, too especially on hot summer days! That’s so cool you have a pool in your yard by the way! I had one as a kid growing up, but not now…:( Thanks so much for your comment! Much appreciated!!

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      1. weight2lose2013

        I love the pool, and probably like landscaping around it just as much. I’m going to post a picture of it after work. That will put me in a better frame of mind after dealing with the cold and snow!

    1. Kristin

      I know, the weather makes it really hard to swim, but I do like your idea of renting a room just for the pool. That sounds like a lot of fun! 😉 Thanks for your comment!

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  2. courtruns4cupcakes

    I’m not a huge swimmer but I do enjoy it! I’m already looking forward to going back up to Ohio for the summer because my parents have a pool. I’m planning on swimming on my cross training days, it’s such an awesome way to get your cardio in!

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    1. Kristin

      That sounds like so much fun! You lucky girl! I want my own pool more than ever now! I’ve been bugging my husband about it…but he said no! 😦 Haha! I love swimming, too because it’s a lot easier on my joints! 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment! You’re awesome!

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  3. 2 Cups 'N Run

    I love what you wrote, about being proud of the way you look and being comfortable in your own skin.
    I also like to swim, but, I don’t get faster, I’m stuck in my pace and that’s a bit frustrating.

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    1. Kristin

      Thank you so much! It has taken some time for me to feel comfortable in my own skin, but finally I am! So thanks again for that! 🙂 That’s great you like to swim! Do you write your own swim workouts or swim with a group?

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  4. Sarah

    I actually DO have a swimming goal…. to learn HOW! I am training for my first triathlon in May, and I have never swam before. I’m doing okay now teaching myself (and watching LOTS of youtube videos…) but I think I may try to take a private lesson soon!

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    1. Kristin

      Oh wow, what a great goal!! You see I’m a swimmer and runner, but have great fear of the BIKE!! Haha, maybe silly, but cycling scares me to death (I love cycling classes, just scared of being out on the road with…cars..haha)! That’s awesome though! You should take a private lesson! I think I’d really help and then maybe get connected with a group eventually. Can’t wait to hear about your training! I really admire you. Maybe one day I’ll get over my fear!

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  5. troyloves2run

    Great reading! I will be participating in my first triathlon this July. I haven’t swam laps since i took a swim class in high school {1989). I started training last week and it was tough! Think I prefer fast pace tempo runs! My goal is just to finish the swim portion! I may take a swim class just to learn the basics again. Any suggestions on what I can do outside the pool to build up my strength?

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    1. Kristin

      Hi! Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂
      Swimming is one of those sports that can be very tough (both physically and mentally) especially if you do not have a lot of experience behind you. I would recommend taking a swim class or a few lessons to get familiar with the feel of the water and swimming freestyle with proper form. That is key! 🙂
      If you are looking for a weight training regiment for swimming, I recommend The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Swimming book!! It shows you what exercises to do!
      Thanks so much!! Have a great day!!

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