Category Archives: swimming

The Hummer Mile open-water swim

On Saturday my niece Madison participated in the Glenn S. Hummer Huntington Mile, an open-water swimming event held at Clare Lake in Huntington, Ind. The 1-mile swim was a down-and-back course with two lanes along a cable that required two … Continue reading

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Swim drill that enhances yoga, running

I know if I want to get better at swimming I need to get out a kickboard once in a while, but it took a running book to actually make me do it. And my motivation had less to do … Continue reading

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A swimming conundrum

So my hunch was right: My freestyle time IS slower than my sidestroke! Last week I swam 500 meters of mostly sidestroke in 15:56. This week I swam 500 meters freestyle (head out of water) in 16:42. So do I … Continue reading

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WWI Week 8: When you’re stuck, go swimming

After two hours in the pool Wednesday night, Colleen was surprised and disappointed to not see a loss when she stepped on the scale Thursday morning. If this weight-loss project were something she was doing on her own, she might … Continue reading

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Tips from a blossoming teen swimmer

Last year at this time my niece Madison was a reluctant athlete, grudgingly going out for swimming because she knew her mom would gripe at her if she didn’t. But somewhere along the way she’s become a competitor. Her relay … Continue reading

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Triathlon teams’ training under way

Well, it’s official: We’ve got two teams entered in next Saturday’s indoor triathlon at the Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center in North Manchester. Madison, Traci and Ben will make up the Fitness Protection Program “A” Team, while Colleen, Dad and … Continue reading

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A new runner in the family?

So I finally talked my sister into going for her first run since well before Christmas, and when I pulled up to our designated meeting spot, it turned out my niece Madison had come along as well. Madison hasn’t really … Continue reading

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Resistance is (not) futile

Is it pointless to try to reduce the amount of resistance your body creates in the pool if you’re not a water-breather? I’ve been fascinated by the Total Immersion swimming techniques on Four-Hour Body author Tim Ferriss’ blog, even though … Continue reading

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Flippers to the rescue

Mel, the pool minder, had seen enough. She’d been watching my sister and I flailing away during adult lap swim without commenting much, but finally a week or so ago she emerged from her office with a pair of flippers. … Continue reading

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Tri the (freaking frigid!) Creek

It’s 36 degrees as we pull into Potato Creek State Park near South Bend Sunday morning. Steam’s rising off the water, which has plummeted 5 degrees in four days to a chilly 67. Most of us are in wetsuits of … Continue reading

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