I started coaching Master’s swimming again last week. For those of you who don’t know, Master’s swimming is like swim team but for adults. Many of my swimmers are ex high school or college swimmers, many of them are triathletes and a lot of them also just picked up swimming as an adult. It’s a really fun, diverse group of active adults who come from a variety of backgrounds and who have a range of goals. Some of them are super competitive and travel the nation or world competing against other Master’s swimmers and some of them just show up for fitness.
I first got involved with Master’s Swimming during the summers in college when I would go home for summer break, but still needed to train. I swam with Master’s as a way to stay fast and fit for my upcoming college season. There was a handful of serious women and some men who were very fast swimmers and they kept me working hard and pushing myself. It was a nice break from the stress of the division 1 college training atmosphere but I was able to keep my body in top shape and ready to compete.
I became a coach shortly after I graduated college as a way to supplement income and stay involved in the swimming community. I was too burnt out to actually swim consistently though. I stayed fit with running, cycling and yoga and my only visits to the pool were my coaching shifts. There were multiple times over the few years when I was previously coaching that I got determined to get back in the water but after a few practices or weeks I would give it back up, still feeling slightly soured from the years of college swimming.
I finally think I am back into swimming this time. I really have no other cardio options at this point with a twin pregnancy. I would love to be running, but that ship sailed a few months ago, it just isn’t safe for the babies or I this time around. I ran all the way through my last pregnancy until the day I delivered Sterling at almost 41 weeks and planned on doing that again this pregnancy but twins changed that!
Thus far, swimming has provided to be a wonderful, gentle cardio workout with the bonus of being a nice social outlet because this mama doesn’t get out much. I’ve been enjoying how easily and gracefully my body moves through the water. I am defiantly not moving with that kind of ease on land these days!
I’m only swimming Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at a one hour noon practice. It would be nice to do more but this is what I have the energy for and what fits into my schedule. A year ago I’d think this was some sort of joke, me only working out three times a week, but I’m quite satisfied with this today.