Cross-Training in Kitsilano: Kitsilano Pool Swimming Edition

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the view above Kitsilano Beach Pool

the view above Kitsilano Pool

My swimming workouts involve the use of an occasional prop. Fun fact (actually, it’s an embarrassing fact, but what’s the point of the internet if not to shame ourselves on occasion?), I first got into swimming after a chiropractor recommend it when I was unable to run for six weeks (IT band injury, if you’re wondering). He mentioned that I should use this contraption:

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It goes in between your knees and has multiple purposes: gives your legs a break, increases power, focuses your swimming technique (and many more). Here’s the embarrassing part: I incorrectly heard the name of this contraption as a pool buoy (assuming that’s swimmer lingo, what do I know?). Yep, I spent a solid 6 weeks strolling into the local pool and asking the lifeguard “can I borrow a pool boy?” I found out later it’s actually called a PULL buoy and trust me, I’ll never make that mistake again.

Kitsilano Pool on a sunny day is impossible to beat. I challenge anyone to present a more beautiful location for a pool that size and stature!

image_1When it comes to function, Kits Pool has things down pat. The pool is divided into three sections: a shallow portion for families and kids (Team Canada 2027 Olympic Swimmers), a down-to-business middle section for lane swimmers (where you’ll find me, doing my best to pass as a triathlete) and a third section for casual deep-end adult users (the slide in this portion is, surprisingly, worth a try). There is a peaceful co-existence thanks to lifeguards keeping everyone quarantined in their areas. The 137m length is nothing to laugh at (an Olympic pool is 50m), so Kitsilano runners take note – this isn’t just about giving your legs a rest, it’s about strengthening those heart muscles with serious zero-impact cardio. I know I’ll be taking advantage!

What’s your favourite way to cross-train in Kitsilano?

Kitsilano Pool: 2305 Cornwall Street. 604-731-0011

Click here for current information on Kitsilano Beach Pool including months and hours of operation, location, lessons, and prices.

all images (except pull buoy) by Chelsea Siler

Chelsea is a Kits-based ultrarunner. Read more about her adventures on her running blog Fresh-steps.com. Have a question about running in Kits? Post a comment and she’ll give you a hand.

Last modified: July 2, 2013

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