What Kind of Swimmer Are You?

What Kind of Swimmer Are You?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds swim for many reasons. It might be a hot summer day, you may want to become more fit or tone, you may be a competitive swimmer, you may want to be a lifeguard, you may be a triathlete. No matter if you are a hard-core marathon swimming traditionalist or a beginner triathlete, find out what kind of swimmer you are and determine the best race that fits your personality.

What kind of swimmer are you?

1) What’s your pre-swim routine?
A) Grab anything chocolate and eat it in the car heading to the pool
B) Sleep
C) Drink a protein shake while updating Facebook
D) Pack your swim bag with the latest FINIS gear
E) Read up on Peter Attia and monitor your lactate levels

2) What do you typically wear?
A) College team gear
B) Neoprene all the way
C) Swimsuits from the cheap bin
D) Solid-colored swimsuits
E) The latest, most colorful and trendiest swimsuits out there

3) Who do you swim with?
A) Whoever shows up
B) Same swimming buddy / lane mate
C) Solo
D) Seriously minded masters swim team
E) Hard-core competitive swim team

4) Where do you swim?
A) Anywhere as long as I get the yards in
B) Community pool
C) Oceans or lakes
D) An Endless Pool
E) 50-meter pool with digital clocks

5) What happens if you miss a workout?
A) No sweat. Have 4-5 excuses to use at a moment’s notice.
B) Can deal with it; figure it wasn’t meant to be.
C) May try to squeeze in an extra workout or extra yards on the weekend to make up
D) Messed up. Need the workout to feel normal, and will be unbearable until you fill this need.
E) Panicked, but have contingency plans: do an alternate lunchtime/nighttime workout or use the emergency swimsuit at work

6) When have you had Swimmer’s Ear or Swimmer’s Shoulder?
A) Huh, what?!?
B) Not now and not likely in the future
C) A guy on my team had it once
D) Occasionally when I go overboard
E) When have I not had one or the other?

7) What do you eat or drink after a swim?
A) Whatever is closest, in my bag or in the car
B) Anything chocolate
C) A huge meal
D) Recovery drink or energy bar
E) Organic green smoothie with alfalfa sprouts and supplements

8) What kind of open water conditions do you feel comfortable in?
A) Pools with double lane lines and no splashing
B) A tranquil lake on a calm morning
C) Turbulence is part of the game
D) Whitecaps and currents are cool
E) Crashing surf and huge ocean swells

9) What kind of water temperatures can you handle?
A) A Jacuzzi or therapy pools are best
B) Anything above 68°F (20°C) is enjoyable
C) It’s borderline at 60°F (16°C)
D) Sub-50°F (10°C) is refreshing
E) Extreme ice swimming (sub 41°F or 5°C)

10) How many meters do you swim per workout?
A) Don’t count and don’t care
B) I go by time
C) 1,000 – 3,000 meters
D) 3,000 – 5,000 meters
E) At least 5,000 two times per day, long course meters

• A = 1 point
• B = 2 points
• C = 3 points
• D = 4 points
• E = 5 points

Total your points together and see what type of swimmer you are below.

Swimmer Types
• 5 to 10 points: Fitness Athlete
• 11 to 15 points: Seasonal Swimmer
• 16 to 25 points: Lifer
• 36 to 45 points: Hard-core Competitive Swimmer
• 46 to 50 points: Marine Mammal

Fitness Athlete
Being a working parent trying to stay fit with a healthy lifestyle takes time and commitment that you do not always have. With a family and full-time job, everybody wants a piece of you: your boss, your kids, your spouse. Between the home and work, there is little down time. Swimming allows you to mellow out and shake off some stress. You use the pool to talk it up with anyone who will listen, is attractive or tells great stories.
Characteristic Swim: Swim Miami

Seasonal Swimmer
You try eating a good diet and try getting in exercise to lead a healthy life. You didn’t swim competitively as a kid, but you always enjoy the open water and outdoors. You love the buoyancy of the water and the opportunity to swim back and forth in aquatic meditation. You enjoy swimming with friends, but you also swim by yourself when necessary. But sometimes you lay out under the warm sun instead of putting in the yards.
Characteristic Swim: Waikiki Roughwater Swim

You have enjoyed swimming all your life. You eat right and enjoy the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte and the differences between the English and Catalina Channels. You dream about swimming under perfect conditions. You regularly put in killer sets (100 x 100) to test yourself. You stretch and do core work on weekends and at the office and always have goggles and swimsuit with you at all times, just in case.
Characteristic Swim: Big Shoulders

Hard-core Competitive Swimmer
You live and breathe swimming. You don’t care where you swim as long as you get in a long warm-up before a hard main set. You never travel without your fins, snorkel and paddles. You’re always looking for the next swim meet or open water swim. You’re always checking your competitors on Facebook and tweet your workouts. You know what taper works for you and your optimal tempo for a 100 or a mile. Doubles are a joy.
Characteristic Swim: Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

Marine Mammal
Your trunk includes a mini digital clock just in case the pool’s pace clock goes down. Your swim buddy is #1 on your speed dial, followed by your coach. You can recite the split times of every race from the last Olympics and the English Channel tide charts. Your friends have damaged hair and monitor your mileage online. Doubles are a given and you have kick boards older than your dog.
Characteristic Swim: RCP Tiburon Mile

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