Tag: swimming

Beware the Walrus

Beware the Walrus

I hit a rather big milestone in my swimming career today. I swam a mile for the first time. Not just a metric mile, which is the distance used during in-pool competitions; but 64 lengths for a total of 1600 meters. That’s much closer to the standard mile of 1609m. I managed to not drown […]

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Little fish, little pond

Little fish, little pond

Technical note before my entry: I’m almost to a metric mile! 58 lengths in 34:47 yesterday. 64 lengths next week! Part of the joy of swimming in a gym pool instead of a “real” facility like the one I used to go to in NoVA is that they tend to be empty. Even when there’s […]

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Easier swim laps for a faster time?

Easier swim laps for a faster time?

I haven’t been swimming as much as I would have liked in the last month. Last week I began doing easier pyramid workouts, wherein I alternate some of my laps with backstroke instead of doing them all freestyle. For example, my first 200 meters is alternating freestyle and backstroke, then the next 200 meters is […]

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Spoils of War

Spoils of War

Now that I’m swimming most of the time, writing about my workouts isn’t very interesting. What might be interesting, especially to those currently on fat loss or workout programs of their own, is the change in my clothing sizes. Here’s a running tally: Six pairs of jeans or shorts, down two waist sizes (pictured above). […]

A man, a booth, and a story.

A man, a booth, and a story.

I wrote a commendation for my personal trainer Yoda earlier in the month after we finished up our 40 sessions. I sent it to our gym’s general manager and our account rep, along with my before and after pictures. I expected Yoda to get some kudos, maybe a bonus of some kind, and that would […]

Back to the Water

Back to the Water

Last Friday I completed my last set of sessions with Yoda. He commemorated the event by kicking the shit out of me and running me through the entire workout with no more than 60 seconds of rest between exercises. We didn’t do any handstand pushups, but there were plenty of farewell wheelbarrows, bear crawls, reverse […]

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