Tuesday Workout of the Week: Back in the saddle (I mean, the pool).

The WOW (workout of the week) is here.

And this week, it’s a swim.

So it turns out that when your meniscus is an unhappy camper, swimming is A-OK. Even kicking. Just to be safe, though, I did a workout on Thursday using a pull buoy between my legs, which does a couple of things. (1) It helps keep me afloat, so it’s kinda-sorta easier than just regular ol’ freestyle, and (2) It keeps my legs from getting involved, so I can really work on my strokes and core strength – without worrying about moving my knee awkwardly, at least for the first day out there.

These dolphins appear to be having far more fun in the water than I ever do. I shall channel my inner dolphin this week and see if that helps me enjoy being in the pool a little bit more. (Image courtesy of tiverylucky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
These dolphins appear to be having far more fun in the water than I ever do. I shall channel my inner dolphin this week and see if that helps me enjoy being in the pool a little bit more. (Image courtesy of tiverylucky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Pool workouts can be deadly boring or mildly exciting. I haven’t crossed the line yet into “blissful paradise” when it comes to swimming (maybe I have to wait until I have surroundings like this around me again), but I’m trying to keep an open mind around the situation. When I think of the big three cardiovascular exercises out there – running, biking and swimming – there’s no question that swimming gets slotted into the “hardest one to do – and the one I least look forward to” category.

So it might just be the Triathlon Goddess who is suddenly nudging me into the pool by making me rest my ol’ meniscus.

Anyway, here’s the WOW:

15 minutes of warmup – kicking with a kickboard (easy does it with that knee), freestyle, freestyle with paddles, freestyle with hands in fists, etc.

With pull buoy (all of this is freestyle for me, but you can do whatever stroke floats your…well, you know):
1 lap hard/1 lap easy
2 laps hard/2 laps easy
3 laps hard/3 laps easy
2 laps hard/2 laps easy
1 lap hard/1 lap easy
Rest 1 minute

Repeat the entire 1-2-3-2-1 set two to three more times.

Cooldown – 10 minutes of easy kicking with the kickboard, or a mix of kicking and easy freestyle with the pull buoy.

Pretty straightforward stuff. And the knee was cool with the situation. That’s the best part.

Yesterday’s #Every48 workout: A 45-minute strength session at the gym (upper body and core), followed by 15 minutes on the bike at 90 RPMs. Wanted to get there at 7. Got there at 8:30. Got the workout in anyway.

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