Category Archives: Swimming

The waaaaiting is the hardest part

The week before a race is always the hardest for me. The work is done. All that’s left to do is compete and see what you can do. But instead you’ve got to go to work, sleep, pull back on … Continue reading

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This job comes with summers off right?

Raise your hand if your job is really getting in the way of your summer. Long bike rides, early morning runs, open water swims, kayaking trips, not to mention barbeques, campfires, and mesh shorts. (Zippers and buttons are for suckers) … Continue reading

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Volunteers needed for the Y-TriDu5K

If you’ve ever participated in a race you know, races are made possible only by volunteers. They dole out smiles and encouragement while directing runners and riders along the course. When I’m racing I make a point to thank whoever … Continue reading

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I am not a goldfish.

Stroke, stroke, stroke, breathe. Stroke, stroke, stroke, breathe. Flip-turn, repeat. Oh the monotony of lap swimming. I love to swim, but time can drag in a pool for me the same way it does on a treadmill. I try to … Continue reading

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Variable Training in the Pool

As hard as we try to think spring, it’s still frigid outside. This makes February a great time to up your (indoor) swim game. John Nelson with York YMCA Aquatics says practicing variable training in the pools can help increase … Continue reading

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Hello Pool Equipment

This week John Nelson with York YMCA Aquatics introduces us to common pool equipment. Any kind of equipment can be intimidating if you don’t know how to use it. Unlike weight machines at the gym, most pools don’t have instructions … Continue reading

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Challenge Issued: The Y-TriDu5K

This month we’re focusing our videos on freestyle swimming, and we’ve got the perfect race for you to test your skills. The Y-TriDu5k, hosted by the York YWCA, has an event for just about everyone. (Unless you’re a dude, then … Continue reading

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The Skinny on Swim Caps

Got more than a few inches of hair? You’re going to want to wear a swim cap when you’re swimming laps. Swim caps keep your hair pulled back and tucked away, and make you look hardcore. John Nelson with York … Continue reading

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Freestyle Swimming

Swimming laps is a great way to get exercise without stressing your joints. The upper-body workout it provides plus this lack of stress is also what makes it good for runners and cyclists to use for cross-training. This month, we’re … Continue reading

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Balancing Fitness and Fatness on Vacation

I’m just back from a week-long vacation with my family on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Like any decent human being, I spent the week eating all of the food and indulging in afternoon cocktails pretty much every day, because vacation. … Continue reading

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