I was wondering if anyone crossed trained by adding swimming to their training?
I've recently started swimming laps at one of the local indoor pools once a week. The first time I could only do 20 laps. But the last two weeks I've done 36 laps (1/2 mile). I'm hoping to get up to a mile.
But in just these 3 weeks I've actually noticed a marked improvement to my cardio. I'm not getting nearly as winded on hills. My cadence is much higher without being so winded. I still don't go super high with my cadence because I still have a hard time keeping it under control if I go above 95 rpm.
Yesterday, I was on a long not-so-steep hill (maybe 4 or 5% grade) and I noticed that I was in that zone... the 85 RPM and just cranking along... not getting winded at all and none of the "I hope this ends soon" burn in my thighs. It was a great feeling. Plus, my spinning faster in the same gear, I was going much faster up the hills than I normally do. My AVG mph was much higher.
I'm definitely going to keep the swimming going... and I'm thinking I might even do this when the weather is REALLY bad and I don't want to ride my bike to work.
Anyone else cross train by swimming?