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Swimmers, swimming? Keeping fitness up when off the bike due to injury.

Old 04-27-10, 02:31 PM
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Swimmers, swimming? Keeping fitness up when off the bike due to injury.

Well, my season just isn't going to happen. I have patellar tendinitis. Not fun. I have been dealing with it for 4 months now and my riding time is very minimal due to this.

I just joined the local olympic style pool. I was currious if there is any type of swim or exercise I should concentrate on to keep my cardio and cycling muscles up to par? I also want to make sure I am doing stuff to help my knees as well. I need to get back to racing as soon as possible. I have some very big goals for next season and want to get over this crap but need to keep my fitness up.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-27-10, 03:29 PM
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Kick a lot. Back, front, side, flutter, fly, breaststroke, and do it hard. When you're actually swimming make sure to work on your technique so you don't hurt yourself doing that too
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Old 04-27-10, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Ston_ar View Post
Kick a lot. Back, front, side, flutter, fly, breaststroke, and do it hard. When you're actually swimming make sure to work on your technique so you don't hurt yourself doing that too
LOL. yeah, I am a terrible swimmer so this will be pretty funny to watch. Not that I am a weak swimmer or afraid of the water, I just don't have any technique whatsoever.

I am excited. This will be something new for me. It has been extremely hard not racing this yr. Mentally it has really been kicking my ass. It will be good to start doing something that will really work me out.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 04-27-10, 06:21 PM
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Most people who aren't trained in proper swimming technique have a tendency to flop their legs around and bend their knees way too much. So you'll probably want to keep your legs a lot straighter than you think you should. I bet you could find a youtube video demonstrating proper flutter kick technique. My second recommendation is to push off the walls HARD.
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