Quite a few people ask me this question pretty often.
“What on Earth do you think about when
you’re swimming for hours on end?”
The answer is: it depends!
If I’m pool swimming then there’s no boats, waves and such to look out for. Also, a line on the bottom of the pool is easy to follow.
So with all that, pool swimming is pretty straightforward. Which means your mind wanders all over the place. I try to focus on technique (more on the “total immersion” swimming method in later posts), but often times end up humming a tune.
Open Water swimming’s more challenging.
There’s water traffic to keep an eye out for, buoys or markers to try and keep in line with. And boy do I miss a black line six feet below me to follow! So when in open water, I’m normally busier mentally trying to keep rhythm and keep on course to do much singing. Although a quick blast of “Take Me To The Hospital” by The Prodigy do help if I’m getting tired. Yes. Despite the title. A banging tune helps you blast through tough moments!
Tonight was pool swimming. Come on – it’s January – I’m not going near cold water till the summer!
Tonight’s tune was called “Breathe Me” by Sia. A truly awesome tune. It’s a really simple, chilled out tune, but perfect for gentle controlled swimming. It’s nice when you’ve gotten into the pool feeling generally hacked off or fed up and after an hour swimming get out feeling terrific.
That’s how I want to swim. Not thrashing around and making waves. Just coolly cutting through the water with slow relaxing strokes.
Having said that, I did do a mad length of butterfly when it was near chucking out time.
See – not a single post on my blog without a massive contradiction!!