By Lindsey Fano
Swimming alone can be one of the hardest, most frustrating things to do. It can also be extremely rewarding. Here are some ways to make it better.
1. Actually write a practice.
This will help you use your time efficiently and make it worthwhile to get in the water. Plus you can mentally prepare yourself ahead of time.
2. Force yourself to jump in the water as soon as you get to the pool.
Standing around always makes it harder and harder to get in especially when you don’t have a coach making sure you do.
3. Listen to good music before you start your workout.
Swimming alone means no one to talk to between sets; it’s just you and your brain. Try to find a catchy song to sing to yourself to help with the potential boredom.
4. Mix up your practices.
The best part of swimming alone is you can use fins WHENEVER YOU WANT. Use all your equipment, swim all four strokes, change distances, keep it interesting.
5. Use positive self-talk.
There’s no one to rely on for a cheery, positive attitude during sets except yourself. It’s surprising how a few positive thoughts can change the whole outcome of your workout.
6. Make friends with the pool regulars.
See the same lady swimming every day? Say hello! Swimming has the power to form bonds and who knows, maybe you’ll make a new friend.
7. Watch an inspirational swim clip.
I don’t know about you but after watching the Beijing 4×100 freestyle relay or Michael Phelps’ new commercial, I have a new motivation to start swimming. Find what works for you and watch it on the days that are particularly hard to get yourself to the pool.
8. Have someone you can talk to about your swim.
Maybe you want to brag about hitting a best time or share a cool set you thought up, no matter what you’re thinking it’s nice to be able to share it with someone (even if they aren’t a swimmer and have no idea what you’re saying).
9. Be patient.
Swimming is a hard sport, sometimes it’s made even harder when you’re on your own. Not every swim is going to be an amazing one. If you’re having an off day, try focusing on a small aspect of your swimming that you can control and forget about the rest.
10. Remember why you’re there.
There are a million ways to workout but for some reason you chose the pool. By choosing to swim you are choosing to make yourself healthier, stronger, and hopefully happier. Find your motivation and let it drive you.