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Offline mgrogan

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Swim Thoughts
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:09:35 PM »
What do you get in your head when you are swimming? Its a boring sport to train for. Your underwater the entire time, cant chat with your friends, and just lost in your own mind. I sometimes get songs stuck in my head and just keep repeating lines over and over again. Ive been lately counting strokes... so I get that going in my head too.

What do you do for the swim training to pass the mental time?


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Re: Swim Thoughts
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2018, 09:13:14 PM »
I don't know that I think about anything specific.  I have only been swimming for a few years so I still try to focus on technique, but on longer swims my mind definitely starts to wander.

Count laps
Focus on my breathing
Think about upcoming races
Think do the math to figure how many meters I have left until my workout is done

I do think about other things not related to the moment, but only minimal.

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Re: Swim Thoughts
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 04:35:53 PM »
Pool: I honestly rarely swim over 100m in the pool. I do a LOT of alternating drill 50, swim 50. When I am doing 100s it's intervals, so I'm pushing pretty hard, no time to think. On the rare occasion I swim over 100 I'm focusing on my form, I'm making sure I'm applying all my work from my drills.

Open Water: I'm just trying to convince myself that there's no way that a shark from the ocean could have gotten into a lake in SW Missouri... but I can always figure out a way he got there and is swimming directly behind me.
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Re: Swim Thoughts
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2018, 12:10:40 PM »
Pool: I honestly rarely swim over 100m in the pool. I do a LOT of alternating drill 50, swim 50. When I am doing 100s it's intervals, so I'm pushing pretty hard, no time to think. On the rare occasion I swim over 100 I'm focusing on my form, I'm making sure I'm applying all my work from my drills.

Open Water: I'm just trying to convince myself that there's no way that a shark from the ocean could have gotten into a lake in SW Missouri... but I can always figure out a way he got there and is swimming directly behind me.

You never string together more than 100m at a time?

I try to focus on technique in the pool, but my mind wanders easily so that only lasts a few laps and then I think about everything from work to family to beer to food to sleep, you name it.  ::)

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Re: Swim Thoughts
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2018, 04:29:53 PM »
Pool: I honestly rarely swim over 100m in the pool. I do a LOT of alternating drill 50, swim 50. When I am doing 100s it's intervals, so I'm pushing pretty hard, no time to think. On the rare occasion I swim over 100 I'm focusing on my form, I'm making sure I'm applying all my work from my drills.

Open Water: I'm just trying to convince myself that there's no way that a shark from the ocean could have gotten into a lake in SW Missouri... but I can always figure out a way he got there and is swimming directly behind me.

You never string together more than 100m at a time?

I try to focus on technique in the pool, but my mind wanders easily so that only lasts a few laps and then I think about everything from work to family to beer to food to sleep, you name it.  ::)

I do, but it's rare... I'll maybe swim a 500 every 2-3 weeks just to get a little bit longer of a tt test.

I find that having very specific drills that I'm doing helps with the mind wandering. In the past I would swim laps on repeat thinking about technique for two laps then as you said thinking about anything else for the other 1500 I'm in the pool. It wasn't very benefical to my growth as a swimmer. :-)
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Re: Swim Thoughts
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2018, 01:35:41 PM »
I do, but it's rare... I'll maybe swim a 500 every 2-3 weeks just to get a little bit longer of a tt test.

I find that having very specific drills that I'm doing helps with the mind wandering. In the past I would swim laps on repeat thinking about technique for two laps then as you said thinking about anything else for the other 1500 I'm in the pool. It wasn't very benefical to my growth as a swimmer. :-)

I agree, longer distances definitely get boring and my mind wanders, but I think the cardio benefits of longer sets are great.  My run has definitely improved since I started swimming as part of triathlon years ago.

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Re: Swim Thoughts
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 04:32:08 PM »
Tonight is a 1000 meter opening/warmup swim... my mind will wander for sure tonight!

Matt