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June 19, 2012 1:39 PM Subscribe
What do you think about when you're swimming laps?
posted by psoas to sports, hobbies, & recreation (30 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Which is to say, what can I think about when swimming laps?
I'm beginning to train for a couple of longer triathlons (as in, never done anything more than Olympic/international distance) and one of the main drawbacks to my workouts is that I find swimming laps really boring. I do open water swims when I can, but more often than not I find myself in the ol' sensory-deprivation chamber with nothing really to listen to and nothing to see but black and blue stripes. I try to focus on my form (and make sure to keep out of the way when there are others in my lane), but I am slow* and when I have to do a 700-meter piece in a 25-meter pool, it just feels endless.
In the past I've resorted to doing long division in my head or tried to plan a work presentation, which has helped, but I think I'd rather not build the association with another kind of drudgery while I already nearly have to drag myself to the pool twice a week. What works for you, hive mind?
*and I'm OK with being slow. I'd rather save my energy fro the other two events.