Monday, April 5, 2010

Taking the Plunge

I've finally decided that I am going to do it. Shower more than once a week!! I am going to try swimming for distance. To be clear, this is a big deal. Normally when I swim, I don't swim for distance. I am normally focused on much more important things: Splash size, how many boogs I have hanging out of my nose, lame attempts at cat calling the ladies....and some of the guys ("yeah baby! you look like you could really teach some algebra to students!!"), and probably most importantly trying to flex my gangly slender body at any given opportunity. But, since I am still not running nearly as far as I would like and I have completing a triathlon on my 2010 goals list, I figured I might as well put a condom on my head (that is what those things are, right?) and hop in.


On the surface (get it?? Water? Surface? I'm on a roll!!) there are a lot of things to like about swimming. In fact, it seems a lot like running only wetter. Here are some of the things that I could find that are awesome about swimming:
  • There isn't a lot of 'gear' needed. Since I have am a crazy tight ass, the less I need to buy the better.
  • The star of the sport has somehow managed to smoke pot while being a role model and still retain a six pack.
  • The hotel that I am staying at has a half Olympic sized pool with lanes painted on the bottom of it and I have a 'normal' pool in my back yard.
  • It is socially acceptable to wear a speedo...I hope.
  • I get to scare children with my pasty chest (and my speedo)....do I really need any more reason than that?


Michael Phelps says dive in! Followed by Rawwwwrrrr

So, tonight I'm going to go to wal-mart (or somewhere) and pick up a pair of goggles. Any advice on other things to get?

If you don't have any advice, what about answering these questions:
  • How long should I go for?
  • What sort of stretches should I do before/after?
  • Will I be OK with just my swim trunks (for now)?
  • Which way should I take off my shirt? (See Below)


16 comments:

Barefoot AngieB said...

That is awesome! No advice here but good luck with it. I really should learn how to swim properly. I can swim but not well at all.

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

I would say start by doing intervals of the length of the pool and then rest until you feel recovered. Keep it unstructured until you build up some stamina for it. You can get into more structured training once you prove that you won't drown. ;-)

Chad said...

Trunks are fine. Think of it as swinging a heavy bat. When race day comes, you can put on some slick tri-shorts, and you'll be faster than in your trunks.
Swimming is mostly technique, so you should work on your body position. If you're body isn't completely horizontal, you'll be plowing through the water instead of gliding. Imagine pushing your chest deep into the water to keep your butt high. If you can put a video camera into a baggie and get a friend of film you swimming, you can see your position. Also, that'd be fun to post on your blog.

Morgan said...

As I told you, with no sound on I'm dying laughing at this video clip!

Get your swim on and please by all means refrain from showing us your speedo pics.

Jill said...

Don't forget a towel...just in case you meet some of those cool pool chicks and need to "cover up" quickly! :).

I actually think swimming helps my running; it really stretches out my achy muscles after a lot of miles on the road!! Good luck!

ShutUpandRun said...

Last time I went swimming I noticed all the cool kids and really good swimmers were wearing speedos (in the new thongs style) and did jumping jacks right before diving into the shallow end of the pool. That's the only advice I have.

Love this video BTW. Especially the part with the scissors.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

I will need to check out the video when I am on a more open network. In the meantime I am not much of a swim coach, but think it is awesome you are going to try a Tri this year.

Julie said...

Oh boy, my day is complete because I have seen a few goof ball pictures of Adam!!

Good luck with your swimming venture...better you than me:)

Funny video too:)

GeorgiaSnail said...

Don't forget to call up the swim shop and put in an order for teh new aero-snorkel.

Jamoosh said...

Start in the bathtub. If you don't drown, add water!

X-Country2 said...

If you can get a bod like Phelps, I think it's a fantastic idea.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

God I love Michael Phelps. That pretty much sums up my thoughts on swimming ;-)

inspiREDtorun13 said...

OH... AND is there a swimming blog community?!! I have no clue. But if so, you could also tap into that.

Glenn Jones said...

I bow to the East in your honor Adam. When I swim I'm much more preoccupied with things like not sinking. I would think that fat would float, but for me not so much....

kilax said...

You always crack me up :) I hope yu enjoy your first swim! I have really wanted to go swimming A LOT lately. No pool though. Someday I will find one...

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Oooooh, I sense a triathlete in the making! :)