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    How to Make Pool Swimming fun

    I was thinking of getting into TRI awhile ago. However For swimming cause i live in a northern climate, most of the year, swimming is restricted to inside in a pool doing laps.
    I find though doing laps back and forth , timeline goes by slow and it gets very boring. I do like swimming as it is, but
    how does one mentally stimulate themselves for doing laps in a pool.
    I know someone might suggest a wetsuit for swimming outside, well even with wetsuit i can only swim in our lakes from May to September maybe , if that,
    so pool swimming is only option for most of year

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    I'm like you. I've been swimming since I was 3 yrs old. Comfortable in the water. Still, it has been really hard for me to motivate myself to swim laps. Recently I've decided I need to do fast intervals if I want to improve. So, it has helped a little having specific goals for lap speeds, recovering times, etc. Trying to turn it into a sort of game and it has helped a bit. I'm certainly open to more ideas. I suspect a coach would help as well.

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    I bought one of those cheap waterproof MP3 players. Works well enough, a mile goes by pretty quickly and the right playlist helps with cadence.

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    How do you swim your laps, just tick over the distance or intervals? If the former start with various intervals - doubt you will get bored when gasping for breath after the 20th 100m interval with short recovery...
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    I'm in Northern Ontario so I know where you're coming from. I have a wetsuit, socks, and gloves which puts me in the water earlier that I would have thought and I'm not one who enjoys cold water. Once you are forced indoors though, I would suggest joining a masters group. It's a lot more fun when there are others around and also, I find I push myself more. I also mix it up in the pool. Do some technique laps, do some strength laps, do some speed laps.
    Good luck with your tris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    I bought one of those cheap waterproof MP3 players. Works well enough, a mile goes by pretty quickly and the right playlist helps with cadence.
    This. I have just bought and tried one, and it works a treat, surprisingly so. It's now a permanent part of my swimming gear.
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