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Guppy Challenge COMPLETE (and swimming update!)

In late September, Eugene pitched an idea: completing the Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge. The promise of the challenge: reduce your Ironman swim time by 10-15 or even 20 minutes. Well, I’ve never done an Ironman nor have I swam 2.4 miles all at once, but I definitely made improvements that would help cut my time! For 10 weeks, I swam a minimum of 4x/week: Distance day with Alexandria Masters Swimming, and 3 Guppy workouts. I’ve heard several times that in order to maintain your swimming fitness, you need to swim 3x/week: if you want to get better you’d better be getting…

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The Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge

One of my off season goals this year: correct my swim technique and improve my speed. I already swim 3 days/week and go to Masters swimming — I have great swimming endurance, can maintain a steady pace for a HIM distance swim, and feel comfortable in the open water. That’s all well and good – but I still need help because I am s-l-o-w. Not as slow as I used to be, but we’re still talking bottom 20% here in terms of swim times. Yikes! As part of accomplishing this goal, Eugene suggested that we try the Slowtwitch Guppy Challenge…

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Splash Cycle review: DC’s newest workout

Last night I had the pleasure of trying out a free preview class at DC’s brand new Splash Cycle. While the New York Times covered the aquacycling/underwater cycling craze in NYC three years ago, as far as I know this is the first class of its kind here in DC. The basic concept is: spin class + pool. There’s no adjusting resistance on your bikes, and of course being submerged in water lets you add some fun adaptations to the class. There are lots of benefits to this type of workout, including: It’s low- to no-impact, minimizing stress on your…

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Top 5 pools for triathlon swim training in the DC area

There sure are a lot of pool options in the DC area! From public pools to sports clubs, indoor to outdoor, 50m to 25, we are lucky to have a lot to choose from. Since I have been aquajogging as part of recovery for my broken hip AND swimming as much as I can, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the water. Here’s a look at 5 of my favorite spots to keep things interesting: Hains Point: Officially called the East Potomac Pool, this is the classic DC summertime pool! It’s hard to get to, the locker rooms…

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