The mornings may still be a little cold and dark but spring is definitely in the air. Having said that, swimming is the easiest, safest activity to do on a cold, wet morning. The water is always a balmy 26 degrees and there is no chance of tripping or crashing in the dark. ‘What’s your point?’, I hear you say. Well, if you’re planning on hitting the open water swim series this summer or returning to the triathlon arena then it is time to get your toes wet. But more than that. For the marathon and half marathon runners among you then adding a couple of swim sessions each week into your programme is the best form of cross-training you can get. I know from personal experience and from many athletes I have coached that you can reduce run volume and increase time spent on complementary activities and you become a better run with fewer injuries.
This recent article posted by Competitor Magazine sums it up really well.
Make your way back to the pool and reap the benefits. Sessions on Monday and Thursday mornings from 5:45 a.m.
Open water swims to commence in the next few weeks to better prepare you for the challenges of triathlon and open water swim races. Stay tuned.