I do some serious swimming six days in a week. Of late I have changed my swimming style to two laps each of freestyle and breaststroke, alternating and pausing for a few seconds after each fast lap.
The pausing has two intentions, one to stabilise the breath and the other related reason of converting the exercise into HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
And I do sixty laps in the 18 meters pool for a total of 1080 meters.
Apple Watch is used to keep the count and it used to count accurately and also used to list the style of swimming and the distance in that style in the summary.
To be more efficient, I started viewing YouTube videos of training on the styles. It certainly helped and speed increased. It seems to be helping in my dream goal for sporting a six pack.
But look at the summary in the picture. It should have recorded 522 breaststroke and 558 freestyle (29 and 31 laps respectively). But it’s only 414 freestyle and where are the 144 butterfly strokes coming from!
Perhaps Apple Watch is unfamiliar with the almost Olympic style freestyle swimming and got confused with butterfly strokes for some of them.
It shouldn’t be, as in freestyle the hands move in opposite direction and for butterfly both hands move concurrently.
It used to be accurate earlier when I was less stylish.
Will Apple Company take a look. I am tagging them here.
That’s when I swim here, in the river I grew up.
Most satisfying and happy to be in the water and swim forever, deeply lost in the happy memories of childhood and the many many stories around this river.
The water used to be like this or better for about 10 of the 12 months a year. But it’s good only when it rains heavily.
Now’s the time and I won’t miss it.
This particular area is named ‘vattakkayam’ meaning a round and deep water body. It’s the deepest and widest part of the beautiful river flowing down from the mountains.
And it’s right in front of the house i grew up in.
Right now it’s some 7 1/2 feet deep. The current is strong, perhaps camouflaged by the depth of the water.
As such it’s a good swim against the current.
And I must say that it aides my precious dream of wearing a six pack, the outline of which is probably seen.
The swim against the strong current certainly aides the process. And it’s a clear motivation to be swimming for over an hour alone.
Correction, I was accompanied by the many heroic and sweet childhood memories in the river.
And of course the six pack dream.
Certainly most satisfying and happy.
The swimming competition in our yacht club was fun. I was competing in a sprint event after a very long time.
As there were just two participants in the designated age bracket for me, the organisers clubbed us into the 30+ age bracket.
And I came fourth and was wondering why I couldn’t come first.
Then the people started coming to me, congratulating for the great achievement.
That’s when I realised I am not 30. Comments like ‘at the age of .. (well I am not printing the age) you were super’ were sincere and appreciative. And I thank them for that.
I was even presented with a medal.
The competition and the opportunity to play water polo after a long time have come at the right time. Our team won.
The sprint event helps me in changing from the monotonous endurance swimming of one plus kilometres non stop to interval exercise of fast swimming. This complements Intermittent Fasting which I am following.
And water polo gives opportunity to get involved in a group game.
On the whole, the competition has been a good booster.
I am an athlete again.
I just enrolled for the swimming competition by the Yacht Club here, where I am a member.
I am competing in the 50 meters freestyle and 50 meters breaststroke events for the 40+ age group.
I do swim, but for the last several years, I have been doing an endurance training where I have been swimming non stop for one to two kilometres with a mix of freestyle and breaststroke.
But the steady pace of that swimming will not get me anywhere near the other competitors.
That means I have to train for the speed swimming. And I have just a week before the event.
So, yesterday I did 5 sets each of 50 meters freestyle and breaststroke, trying to maintain a good speed.
Out of breath each time, but I hope to get into the correct pace in a few days.
There’s another issue also. For the endurance swimming, I get into the pool using the steps, but for the competition, I need to take the starting dive.
I did dive 10 times yesterday. Here also I should get better.
I made such a huge impact and splash of water on each dive. Perhaps a good strategy to upset the rhythm of the swimmers on the left and right. HAHA.
There’s a positive also. My intermittent fasting is best complemented with some interval exercise. Speed swimming and rest after each set is interval training.