Category Archives: Swimming

Do as I say, not as I do? Set a good example for kids instead

This is one confident new bicyclist! (youtube.com)

Maybe you’ve seen the viral video posted on YouTube – it’s of a boy who rode his bike by himself for the first time.

He struggles for how to describe it.

“I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel happy of myself,” he exclaims. Continue reading

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What makes for a good triathlon coach? I’m tri-ing it out.

I've been told a coach doesn't need to be the best herself, she needs to know what to look for in others. (Creative commons; army.mil)

I’ve been learning the fine art of triathlon coaching since January from my friends at Well-Fit Triathlon & Training center.  I say “art,” because I think a person could read all the books in the world on science, fitness and health, and not know how to approach a given athlete’s needs. Continue reading

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This little injured runner became a triathlete (holy sh*%!)

From left: Heading to T1 after exiting Lake Michigan, looping on the bike and near the finish.

“You’re a triathlete.”

That’s what the BF whispered into my ear as he got up from the table at my celebratory breakfast to head to the bathroom. Then he kissed me on the cheek.

I grinned really big. And then my eyes welled up. Continue reading

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Preparing to become a triathlete: Supplies, the open water swim

I tried on two wetsuits. So glad it didn't take more to find mine! This is it.

After I survived the swim clinic, I decided three things: 1) triathlon is for me, 2) I needed practice swimming in open water and 3) I needed supplies. Continue reading

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Triathlon seminar: I survived the swim and then some

Participants listen as the Fleet Feet Chicago instructors demonstrate how to put on a triathlon wetsuit.

My USAT membership card came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. But I didn’t feel like a triathlete until last weekend.

On Sunday, June 27, Fleet Feet Chicago put on a women-only triathlon seminar at Ohio Street Beach called, “Surviving the Swim.” Thankfully I survived. Continue reading

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Coming soon to a swim team near you

I am beginning to really like swimming!

Swimming has saved my athletic life. I’m sure it sounds just ridiculous to say it that way, but it’s true.

After several months of stress fractures, bursitis and a neuroma in the foot, it would be understandable if a person slipped into a deep depression, crawled under the covers and canceled his or her gym membership. Continue reading

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Path to becoming a swimmer: (Olympic) trials and triumphs

I want to be a real swimmer one day. (credit: Jon Fravel, flickr.com/photos/jfravel)

When I strolled into the pool on Monday morning a little before 6, I wondered why there were so many people in the water — as in, so many I had to (gulp) share a lane for the first time ever.

“Oh well,” I thought to myself, “Mondays must just be busy swimming days.”

I did my warm up, looked up, and noticed some guy writing some stuff on the white board. Then I realized that everyone else was paying attention to that writing.

(Uh oh.) Continue reading

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I took an adult swimming lesson and I’ll do it again

This swimmer seems to have breathing down. I'll get there one day. (Flickr.com/Sir Mervs, Creative Commons license)

[Editor's note: I'm still not ready to blog about my doctor's visit. It's depressing. I've got five more weeks in the cast. I'll be ready soon, I hope.]

After my stab at learning to swim properly from the wonderful world wide Web, I decided to sign up for a private swimming lesson at my gym.

When the instructor, Antonio Santoro, contacted me and I — of course — Googled him and found out that he’s some sort of international swimming sensation, who also still has a standing record at SIU, I freaked out. Not gonna lie. Continue reading

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Learning how to swim online; good or bad idea?

The "Mr. Smooth" desktop application is supposed to show novice swimmers proper technique.

The internet is good for a lot of things — finding recipes, shopping, banking, mapping your runs when you’re not hurt and many, many other everyday tasks. It must be good for learning a new sport. Right?

(If you said, “Yes,” to yourself, tell me if you still agree after reading this post…)

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Filed under Aqua jogging, Online tools, Swimming