10 winter swimming motivational tips

In these cooler autumn-winter months, if you’re like me you find it harder to motivate yourself to get to the pool.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone, in fact I go through this dilemma every winter and it never gets any easier trust me.

Having just got back into the pool again after a break from summer ocean swimming, I though I’d share some of my tips for getting motivated to start winter swimming, and then to stay winter swimming!

The surf sense ‘silver bullet’

‘Wow Andrew was flying out there today, I wish I could swim like him!’

That’s a remark I got from one of my morning ocean fitness participants, Jacquelyn, about another after a particularly challenging session in big choppy swell at Bondi recently.

‘You know why he’s swimming so well?’ I started rhetorically, ‘it’s because he’s booked into two sessions a week with OceanFit, on top of that he’s always on the hunt for spare spots and I see him down here swimming on his days off.’

Freestyle Hand Entry Should Be Like Posting A Letter

Are you aware of how your arm enters the water when you swim?

Can you here noise, bubbles and turbulence?

Most swimmers have been taught to reach; to swing the arm around the body and enter the water high and flat.

In most cases, this will assist a hip drop at the back end and increase drag – and we don’t want that!

Efficient freestyle hand entry

The hand should enter the water smoothly. Imagine a mail box slot, next to your head. Slide your fingers in, followed by hand, wrist, forearm; they follow the yellow line demonstrated in the pics below, to the ‘catch’ position.

Read this TI blog post on the benefits of a good ‘catch’.

Check out these screen shots of common freestyle hand entry errors: