Mystery #1: What is it about swimming in a chlorinated pool that results in the sniffles for an hour or two after your swim?
Mystery #2: I always, always, always make sure I pee before I get in the pool. No matter what my distance of swim my bladder is always BURSTING as soon as I get out of the water! When I was training for my first IM my bladder almost didn’t make it through my 3000 m swims.
I foresee a lot of time at the pool in my future. Swimming…water running… I’m debating a waterproof audio system. I’ve read DC Rainmaker’s comprehensive review as a starter but I’m thinking about going for the H2O Audio Small Waterproof Armband. It works with my iPod so it seems like a pretty easy system to use.
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Does anyone own a waterproof audio device? If so, what kind? What do you like (or not like) about it?
Ken Davenport says
Boy, you must be sucking in a ton of water when you swim, HA…………
I know a lot of people who use waterproof housings for their cameras, so I would think the iPod case would be cool and would eliminate having too many various devices. But for water running, you may not want music as in my experience the instructor is giving a lot of instruction during the session.
I got the sniffles after swimming. Then the sniffles got worse. And worse and worse. Then I started getting head colds afterward. I attribute it to all the water rattling around in my sinuses while learning flip turns. Eventually I cracked and spent a whole $5 on a nose clip. Problem solved. Now the only issue is that just after taking off the clip, I want to snort a huge loogie into the gutter, but I won’t because I was brought up well.
As for the bladder thing, I think that’s a female thing in general. I think my wife hit the bathroom 6 or 7 times in the 3 hours between getting out of bed and getting on an airplane. More to the point, I think it’s something about being in all that water that tricks the body into producing it’s own water. There’s been a few swims I’ve had to hustle. Open water is one thing, but not in a pool. EW!
No audio devices in the pool. Just the voices in my head.
I’m always amazed at how much I have to pee in the pool! It’s worse if I am swimming in the afternoon or evening.
the sniffles are from the water sluicing through your sinuses. And having a full bladder is from all the fluids you are dispelling using a total body work out (plus being in warmish water).
Your knee looks like mine! Acupuncture will help and I use Traumeel Topical cream which really helps. You can also get Traumeel pills…they helped when I did the Half Iron. Hope you get that knee sorted out soon!
Water sluicing through sinuses…I had no idea! Thanks for the tip on Traumeel. I’ll have to look into that!
Definitely one of the benefits of open water swimming versus pool swimming, that is for sure!
So a nose clip is a cure for the sniffles, eh?
For water running we have a lane at the Y dedicated to aqua joggers. No instructors, just folks that put on one of those flotation belts and go up and down the lane. That was going to be my plan for the water running too and that just seems mind numbingly boring!
Marlene Sykes says
I’ve been tempted to get some kind of audio system for the pool. I find it so excrutiatingly boring when I’m swimming alone.