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October 14th, 2003, 09:51 AM
Hi Gang,
So here it is--Fall is upon us, and winter is around the corner. This time of year, when it is dark and gray--and so very cold, I find it difficult to go swim.

Maybe it's the getting wet or the getting cold, but I just lack the motivation to get myself going.

So, if/when you all have days (God forbid weeks) like this, how do you manage to overcome it, and get yourself swimming?

:D Jerrycat

October 14th, 2003, 10:19 AM
I think about afterwards. After an hour of pushing hard, I always feel like I'm radiating heat. To me, the shock of that cold air outside after a good sweat always feels good. I usually leave the building carrying my jacket instead of wearing it, then put it on a few blocks down the road.

Also, my pool is a more enjoyable place when the weather's cold simply because of the lack of motivation you mentioned. The cold weather tends to get rid of some of the morons, so my pool isn't as crowded. That lasts until January, when the resolution posers come in to swim their 500 meters spread over half an hour. At least 'til then, I'm motivated to get to the pool because I know I won't have to share a lane with five other people.

jean sterling
October 14th, 2003, 11:37 AM
When it is cold I just get up and go to the pool. Once you get in, it isn't so bad, but the pool deck can be mighty cold when the temperature is in the 30s - I swim in an outdoor pool (heated) year round. My record cold day was 29F, which is about as low as it gets in Central Florida.

October 14th, 2003, 02:00 PM
I have just the opposite reaction. I think it's easier to swim when the weather's dreary. When the weather starts getting nice and the sun stays up later in the spring and summer is when it's tough to get into a pool--especially in indoor pool.

October 14th, 2003, 02:58 PM
Originally posted by knelson
I think it's easier to swim when the weather's dreary. When the weather starts getting nice and the sun stays up later in the spring and summer is when it's tough to get into a pool--especially in indoor pool.

Yeah... but Kirk... you live in Seattle. When does the sun come out? :D

(When I used to live in Rochester, NY, one of our claim-to-fames was that we had the second cloudiest city, behind Seattle.)

October 14th, 2003, 05:14 PM
I know everyone thinks Seattle is cloudy all the time, but it's actually sunny in the summer. We get very little rain here in the summer, and high temps are typically in the mid 70s.

October 14th, 2003, 05:29 PM
i find it the other way round too,i'm from uk and cold it is!!!so it's great to simulate tropical weather down at the pool,i sometimes relax in the jaccuzi afterwards and think of my hols abroad in corfu,florida,california.....wait i'm back to dark,cold selby in yorkshire uk..dratt..also i'm usually too hot after 3000m so i love to cool down with our naturally air conditioned weather(wind ice cold )

October 14th, 2003, 06:36 PM
For those of us who swim indoors, it's a known fact that most pool environments are maintained to feel somewhat tropical. And the contrast between warm and cold during the winter months tends to exaggerate the warmth of the building. Nothing like hot humid air when you've walked in from a ten below zero wind chill factor.

Summertime is also a state of mind. Put on those Raybans, fire up the car, and remind yourself that it's gonna feel like Cancun on the pool deck. Just don't let the secret out.:cool:

Matt S
October 15th, 2003, 06:11 PM
I think it is important to realize your own "resistance" (i.e. those things or times that make you not want to swim) and find ways to manage it. For example, I find the time when I am most reluctant to go swim is the hour right before workout. This is true whether the alarm goes off at 4:15 am for morning workout, or tearing myself away from the office around noon (in fact, the latter is usually harder than the former). I often remind myself of this when I come up against that particular wall, and once I get over it, everything gets much easier. Other things I have noticed is that I prefer to keep breaks from swimming down to a minimum (say one week after the season's "destination swim" rather than a month or two). Maintain a level of condition that lets me keep good mechanics, and occasionally back off of the most challenging interval, and simply play with my stroke. Constantly pushing the aerobic bubble makes me feel like I am pounding my head against a wall, and can burn me out.

Everyone is different, and learning what motivates (or demotivates) you personally is important. For many people, working out with a group of friends at a set time greatly increases the chance they willl stick with an exercise routine. I probably sound like a broken record, but most of us are in this sport for the long term health benefits. Boredom and burn-out are the enemy. Recognize the signs of these in yourself, and act to counter them. I'm willing to trade that last tenth of a second in practice if it keeps me fresh and motivated for tomorrow.


October 15th, 2003, 07:27 PM
i have to add my 2 cents, only 'cause i'm not just hitting a wall right now, i'm slamming into it! but i remember that even though it does get chilly here in key west (yeah, it gets down to about 70, that's cold at 6:00 in the morning! :p ), there are the rare days year 'round to go to the beach--so i still have to look good in a bikini! :D

Phil Arcuni
October 15th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Hey onebarbie2 -

where do you swim in Key West? I need a place when I visit my parents. Do you swim at the community college on Stock Island? When?

October 16th, 2003, 09:13 AM
I don't swim with a team, so I write my practice time on my calendar like I would any other committment. This works most of the time!

I too focus on how I feel *afterwards* - my body feels so stretched out and relaxed when I'm done...usually!

I also keep my goal times around - I have a copy at work and at home. Those always motivate me.


October 16th, 2003, 09:53 AM
The things that makes it difficult for me to go swim when it's cold are:

-walking out in the cold to the building (so I bought a giant puffy coat and warm fuzzy gloves. they'll keep me warm and are so fun!)

-the pool where I swim is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, which makes the outside seem inside, and the air inside isn't really that warm at all (if rehab permits, I'll run first to get warm, or even bike to get a little hot inside, then go swim. hopefully the swim will be refreshing)

thanks for all of you tips so far! I appreciate each and every one of them!

For you Yankee fans, Paul O'Neil trains at the health club where I go--he's in incredible shape!

Jerrycat :D

October 16th, 2003, 10:07 AM
Hey jerrycat,
Paul O'neill should still be playing for the Yankees, they could still use him. The team is not right since he retired. Go YANKEES!!!

Leonard Jansen
October 16th, 2003, 11:57 AM
The Yankees are the last bulwark against the onslaught of the Evil Red Tide from the North.
Go Yankees and God Bless Bill Buckner, where ever he may be.


October 16th, 2003, 12:48 PM
A-men brother Leonard, and may the Yankees be victoious tonight adn may Pedro fall on his face!!!:D :D :D

Tom Ellison
October 16th, 2003, 01:20 PM
My brain is gray and cold most of the time...so swimming really helps me....:D

Phil Arcuni
October 16th, 2003, 02:22 PM
I am 1) a SF Giants fan, and 2) a Chicago Cubs fan

I could barely get out of bed, by brain is so cold and gray.

Maybe the Yankees will lose. That will help! (because I am 3) a Brooklin Dodgers fan.)

October 16th, 2003, 03:34 PM
Hey Phil,
I only have two words for you,BILLY GOAT :D :D :D

October 16th, 2003, 11:22 PM
water is always warmer than air, and I keep thinking about all the fat and calories I'm gonna burn off my bum.

Phil Arcuni
October 17th, 2003, 12:35 AM
6 to 5 in 11

Life is so hard! so cold! so gray!

I *really* have to go swimming.

Leonard Jansen
October 17th, 2003, 08:11 AM
Sorry Phil. Maybe next year. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Life is GOOD!


October 17th, 2003, 09:52 AM
So burned out on baseball, that no matter what the weather, I'll go swimming! Just get me out of the house (and away from the TV!).

That poor Cubs fan--I wonder if he'll ever live it down. I feel so sorry for that guy!

Rain again! How do you Seattle people do it?

AT least it's Friday!;)

Rob Copeland
October 17th, 2003, 02:37 PM
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October 17th, 2003, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by Rob Copeland
And just so our friends in the UK don’t get completely bored with American baseball.

I'm a BB fan- my English husband, however, made me laugh the other day during the Marlins/Cubs game when he noted that baseball is 'nothing but rounders for well-fed people...' :D

Go Yankees!

Matt S
October 17th, 2003, 04:21 PM
Ooh, the Fightin' Plutocrats win again. There's a headline to make me doze off with excitement.

Meanwhile, I have to spend another season listening to Sox and Cubs fans pontificate on suffering. Let me tell ya something, as a Tigers fan, with a soft spot for the Pirates on the side, try having two favorite teams that have had not so much as a sniff of a pennant race after the All Star Break since the early 90's (as in before the Strike). In other words, I'm not talking about actually making the playoffs; my teams haven't had so much as a mathematically significant chance of making the playoffs at the half way point in the season. My Tigers are sooooo bad, they lost 100 games in 2002, and then went out the next year and challenged the major league record for losses, set by an expansion team in its first season. I ask myself, why hasn't the entire front office, including and especially the "scouting" department, been given pink slips. That kind of sustained incompetence can not be laid at the feet of the big league coaching staff; you need one of the most God-aweful minor league systems to ever walk the face of the planet to be that bad for so many years. Meanwhile, I see playoff rosters repleat with former Pirates and Tigers, and I ask myself, is the former Iraqi Information Minister the Tigers' General Manager? A chimpanzee making trades at random could do a better job of evaluating talent. Well, at least I can take some solace in the fact that the Tigers drew higher average attendance than any other AAA minor league club, assuming of course that they were good enough to compete at the AAA level. That is as yet an untested assumption. My proposal for contraction, since Montreal and the former owner of the Twins are so keen to get rid of their ball clubs, is contract the Tigers, then move the Expos or the Twins to Detroit. In reality, though, I realize I will probably have my falls (and summers and springs) free to enjoy many passtimes other than major league baseball, so that could be good news for my swimming, or bad news for participants in these discussion threads.


October 27th, 2003, 12:41 AM
Anyway, everyone thinks that Arizona is always hot. But Tucson is in the high desert- so like Jean's situation many people have outdoor pools and it can get cold. I'm lucky in that I also use an indoor pool but that pool is less than 25 yards. This December for 2 weeks until jan 4, I have to swim all workouts in the indoor pool because the other pool is closed. So, during the colder weather I do workout more in the shorter indoor pool.

October 28th, 2003, 03:41 PM
swimming is better than work....motivation no.1