Two Questions, music when swimming and how long to swim

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    Nov 21, 2015 10:28 PM GMT
    I've been searching the forums and can't find what i'm after so figured I'd put it out there and see who can help.

    I love swimming but find it very boring. That said,I heard there are some good waterproof MP3 players I can buy to solve my boredom issue. I've done some research and now have too many options so i'm asking the RJ community - do you have experience with listening to music while you swim? What do you use, what do you recommend?

    2nd question - I do varied weight training and cardio each week, sometimes I have an hour to swim and occasionally I have 10-15minutes to do some laps. Is there any benefit in doing 10 minutes of laps after a spin class (for example)? I'll be doing land-based cardio, then have the option of 15min water-cardio. Is it worth it?

    thanks guys
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    Nov 21, 2015 10:38 PM GMT
    You might try amazon and look at the user reviews. If it has 4+ stars and a lot of reviews it's more likely to be worth buying.
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    Nov 21, 2015 10:42 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidYou might try amazon and look at the user reviews. If it has 4+ stars and a lot of reviews it's more likely to be worth buying.
    Thanks. Been looking at reviews and options on different sites and suffering information overload icon_exclaim.gif

    Thought it couldn't hurt to get opinion directly from people who use them - what brand do they have, what do they like about it
  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 22, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    Not sure about the music options with swimming since I don't listen to anything when I swim. But I did want to comment on the value of 10-15 minutes (or more in the pool). Definitely can be worth it if you do the right workouts. If you only have a short time in the pool, think about doing interval speed work. Once you are warmed up, doing Zone 5 (all out hard exertions) for 50's, 100's etc. Have a short 10-20 second rest interval and repeat for as many times as you have time for. If you want to make it harder, just increase the distance of the interval and/or cut down the rest interval.
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    Nov 22, 2015 4:36 PM GMT
    Ironman4U saidNot sure about the music options with swimming since I don't listen to anything when I swim. But I did want to comment on the value of 10-15 minutes (or more in the pool). Definitely can be worth it if you do the right workouts. If you only have a short time in the pool, think about doing interval speed work. Once you are warmed up, doing Zone 5 (all out hard exertions) for 50's, 100's etc. Have a short 10-20 second rest interval and repeat for as many times as you have time for. If you want to make it harder, just increase the distance of the interval and/or cut down the rest interval.


    Good advice, Ironman. No time in the pool is wasted, even on "light days." And, after a particularly strenuous land workout, think of those 10-15 minutes as an extended warm down, in which you can stretch muscles otherwise not used. And, DO stretch when doing your various strokes. Me, I generally spend 45 minutes swimming ~1500m, in a combination of free, breast, back and side, alternating daily w/ at least an hour of cycling and some light weights. No tunes on either, though, other than the songs I can't get out of my head!
  • DrobUA

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    Nov 22, 2015 6:05 PM GMT
    I feel like listening to music while you swim makes it feel like it takes longer. I let my mind wander while I swim. Its like meditation time.
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    Nov 22, 2015 6:15 PM GMT
    Agree, Droub. I started wearing earplugs about 6 months ago because of an ear infection, but liked the silence so much that I now wear them whenever I swim laps.
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    Nov 22, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice about time in the pool, will give intervals a go once i get up to a higher standard. Good to see no time is wasted in the water
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Nov 22, 2015 9:38 PM GMT
    DrobUA saidI feel like listening to music while you swim makes it feel like it takes longer. I let my mind wander while I swim. Its like meditation time.


    I agree, swimming laps is almost like meditation for me. It's a Zen experience. I always feel like a million bucks when I'm done. So, no music for me.
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    Nov 22, 2015 10:25 PM GMT
    beachbro saidThanks for the advice about time in the pool, will give intervals a go once i get up to a higher standard. Good to see no time is wasted in the water


    Do you swim in Boy Charlton pool, by any chance? I swam there when I visited Sydney several years ago. Also swam at the pool in Gunnedah, a very nice pool on a real hot day!
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    Nov 22, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    I don't know about the waterproof earphones... they weren't around when I was swimming laps regularly, and IMHO, it's too dangerous to be zoned out on the river.

    But I've noticed that when I'm biking to actual music (as opposed to mental playback) it forces me to work a lot harder on the climbs. The damned pace doesn't lag, just because my legs hurt! icon_confused.gif
  • Floridaspeedo

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    Nov 23, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
    I tried the finis bone conduction ear phones. They lasted 2 swims. Other guys in the pool use them w no issues. They are not cheap.

    I enjoy following the black line but sometimes I want some hard pounding music. Just depends
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    Nov 23, 2015 10:29 AM GMT
    MGINSD said

    Do you swim in Boy Charlton pool, by any chance? I swam there when I visited Sydney several years ago. Also swam at the pool in Gunnedah, a very nice pool on a real hot day!


    Boy Charlton pool really is one of Sydney's hidden gems. Glad you enjoyed it
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    Nov 23, 2015 4:48 PM GMT
    Ironman4U saidNot sure about the music options with swimming since I don't listen to anything when I swim. But I did want to comment on the value of 10-15 minutes (or more in the pool). Definitely can be worth it if you do the right workouts. If you only have a short time in the pool, think about doing interval speed work. Once you are warmed up, doing Zone 5 (all out hard exertions) for 50's, 100's etc. Have a short 10-20 second rest interval and repeat for as many times as you have time for. If you want to make it harder, just increase the distance of the interval and/or cut down the rest interval.


    This is solid advice. I have had only 20 minutes for a swim before class and jumped right in and started doing 100m x 2:00 intervals. I was so drained afterward, but it felt good. I also wouldn't want to listen to anything while swimming. I never used to when i was a long distance runner. I use that time to clear my mind by thinking thru all the issues on my mind. By the end of the swim, my mind is completely at ease and I'm just focusing on my stroke.

    Have you thought about doing an all-swimming cardio session? It's a great way to cross train.