Are you a highly motivated athlete? Does your training leave you fatigued, mentally and physically? Do you want to have fun while also becoming a great athlete? If you answered yes to these questions, listen up, cause this recovery pool workout is just what you need.
If you are new to triathlon, or even a seasoned veteran, you may feel overwhelmed with all the data this sport has to offer. This workout is designed to unplug, and get away from all the data, allowing you to simply enjoy swimming.
This workout is best performed after a hard day of training.
After a short warm up, decide how you feel (be honest with yourself. It’s okay to feel drained). If you feel motivated, designate the next 15 to 30 minutes to drills. You could do 50’s as 25 drill, 25 swim or 100’s as 25 drill, 25 swim, 25 drill, 25 build. Do not pay attention to the clock on these, and simply focus on performing the drills correctly.
If you feel drained and the thought of swimming another lap makes you sick, then move on to option ‘B’. Designate the next 15 to ? minutes to having fun, while still actively recovering. Depending on the time of year and where you swim, the options for active recovery at the pool are endless. Below is a list of options;
1) If your pool has a diving board, perform approximately four to five back flips followed by three flying squirrels. After 2 minutes rest perform three can openers with 30 to 45 seconds rest between each. If there is a line for the diving board, don’t be rude and jump in front of other divers just to stick to the 30 to 45 second rest interval. It’s okay if the rest is a little longer.
2) During the summer, most pools have a group of kids playing some super exciting water game. Join in! Nothing gets the blood flowing like a heated game of sharks and minnows with a group of 7th graders. Unless you want to be known as “Speedo, Sharks and Minnows guy”, you may want to bring a casual bathing suit with you for this one though.
3) Hot tub at your pool? You just hit the jackpot! Hop in that sucker. If an attractive (age appropriate) lifeguard walks by while your lounging, chat em’ up. Below is a list of conversation topics to avoid;
- A) The gnarly rash you have from your recent 5-hour ride.
- B) The time you used the bathroom when no bathroom was available during your long run.
- C) The sock you recently lost.
Below is a list of conversation topics you should absolutely bring up;
- A) The Fast Forward Triathlon Pro Development Team 4×100 Free relay that recently went 3:20 in the Roka Sim Shorts.
- B) Conversation topic ‘A’ is all you need to talk about.
Do not feel guilty by performing the fun version of this workout, provided you have set days that you do work very hard. If you weren’t motivated, then working out would have been more destructive than productive. Let your mind be at ease knowing that even the best athletes know when to rest and aren’t afraid to have fun. You shouldn’t be afraid either!