But it does include a fun picture of me in the pool with a tether around my waist.
I’m taking a three-pronged approach to swim training for my upcoming tri:
- Getting my butt in the water several times a week. Yes, this is Swim Training 101 right here – practice, practice, practice. I should be perfect aaaaaaaany day now.
- Positive Self-Talk. Oftentimes, my clients will approach a new exercise with the attitude of, “Oh, I can’t do that.” It drives me crazy, so I make them do burpees and listen to me lecture them about negative self-talk. And then they still have to do whatever exercise it was that they thought they couldn’t do and they always discover that they can do it. Imagine that! Well, not too long ago, I realized that I do my own Negative Nelly with regard to swimming and I really need to reverse the damage it's doing to my swimming self-confidence. So I’ve started my own personal campaign of Positive Swimming Self-Talk. Basically, fake it ‘til I feel it. Now, every time I think about getting in the pool, I say to myself, “I’m a good swimmer. I like to swim.” And gosh darn it, people like me.
- Tethered swimming. It’s the poor man’s endless pool, swimming on a rope, and it’s sure not doing my form any good by being anchored at the waist, but it is helping with my biggest fear – not being able to breathe. When I swim laps, I grab onto the edge of the pool and frequently take more than one breath before heading back in the opposite direction. I’ve always known this was lousy training for open water, but whaddya gonna do? Short of practicing in actual open water, this seems like a good first step. I’ve been working on calming my water fears by counting my strokes and closing my eyes while on the tether. It’s strange to swim for time rather than distance, but I’ve worked my way up to 20 minutes without touching my feet down. That’s pretty huge for me!
Do you ever have to bolster your confidence with forced positive self-talk?
Have you ever tried swimming on a rope to train for open water?