Courtesy of Kirsten Read
1 – Keep it Spicy
Things can get boring…mix up the kinds of sets you are doing and use the many resources at your disposal to check out new ideas.
2 – Be Adventurous
Don’t keep going to the same places. Try a new swimming hole.
3 – Get some Toys
Try a new buoy, agility paddles or a tempo trainer.
4 – Go with the Tide
There is an ebb and flow to every relationship and don’t expect training to be a straight line either.
5 – Take a Break
Sometimes you need that week off, or even more, to gain perspective. Seeing others may lead to the realization that swimming is what you really want.
Kirsten competed at Brown University and then, after typical shoulder problems and burn-out caused undoubtedly by her tenure in The Distance Lane, promised herself that she would hang up her goggles for good. That promise lasted 20 years until the call was too strong to resist. Masters pool swimming soon segued into a passion for open water swimming. Masters swimming has introduced her to some of her best friends and even her husband, who kayaked for her on an strenuous and eventful blind date at the Nubble Light Challenge in York, Maine.
She is now a coach, specializing in open water for masters swimmers and triathletes.