Swimming vs. Biking Quotes

February 4, 2010

Swimming quotes suck.  I hate to say it so bluntly, but it’s true.  How do I know this?  Well, I went looking for some motivational quotes to put in this post.  Why?  Because I have made the decision to add lap swimming into my PT/training program.  I need to work on my aerobic fitness – and I am not anywhere close to being able to put down a long ride on this hip.  So, my PT and I agree that swimming would be a good option for cardio.  (I am going to try this program and have added swimming to my training plan.) 

Problem is, I am not that great a swimmer in terms of lap swimming and therefore don’t enjoy it much.  Thus the search for motivation and the subsequent realization that there aren’t a lot of sexy swimming quotes out there.  Case in point – below are some of the “motivational” quotes I found about swimming:

The water is your friend.  You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.  ~Aleksandr Popov

I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.  ~Michael Phelps

People ask me ‘what was going through your mind in the race?’ and I don’t know. I try and …let my body do what it knows.  ~Ian Thorpe

In training everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races its 90% mental because there’s very little that separates us physically at the elite level. ~Elka Graham

If you should rear a duck in the heart of the Sahara, no doubt it would swim if you brought it to the Nile.  ~Mark Twain

Frankly, these are all rather, well, blah – for lack of a better word.  Nothing in there inspires me to happily swap my cycling shoes for my swimsuit.  On the other hand, check out the results of a quick search for quotes about cycling (or by cyclists):

But to say that the race is the metaphor for the life is to miss the point. The race is everything. It obliterates whatever isn’t racing. Life is the metaphor for the race. ~Donald Antrim

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895

There was a second supremely sweet moment of victory. As I made my way through the finish area, I passed the Cofidis team. Assorted members of the organization stood around, the men who I felt had left me for dead in a hospital room. “That was for you,” I said as I moved past them. ~Lance Armstrong

Cycle tracks abound in Utopia. ~H.G. Wells

I won! I won! I don’t have to go to school anymore. ~Eddy Merckx

 I mean, come on.  There is just no comparison here.  


…all life began in the seas

December 19, 2009

First I’lll swim, then I’ll walk, then I’ll ride.   Then maybe I’ll ride fast.

It has been just over two months since my hip surgery; a periacetabular osteotomy on my right hip. I have the go ahead to start PT in early January.  Until then, I am going to start working on some pool exercises I found on the “Riding and Ramblings” blog (in my links list).  I have six months to reach my goal – ride the 71-mile Seattle livestrong challenge ride in less than 4 hours.  As of now, I have no actual plan.  I am going to need a plan.

But before the swimming and the planning, I have to shop.  For a swimsuit.  One of my most hated activities (in fact, of my top 10 list of hated activities, 5 of them are related to shopping).  Nothing meets all my criteria – covers what really needs to be covered, keeps covering when I actually swim in it, will not squeeze any part of me into submission, and does not have flowers on it.  Oh yeah, and will not break when several children are holding on to it for dear life.   And maybe won’t deprive said children of their first year of college tuition.

Any suggestions?