In preparation for my race in just over a week, I hit the pool to gain confidence that I could swim 0.6 miles (1056 yards) in one shot. My last workout had been an 800 yard swim to get me close to my 1050 yard goal, and with how well that workout went, I thought this one would be a piece of cake. Plus, there was one annoying thing I needed to take care of in preparation for my race.
I found the sloshing of water in my ears became more annoying the longer I swam. As I got through 400 yards I could tolerate it, but as I moved into 600 and 700 yards, it was unbearable. And if it was bad at 600 yards, what about at 1000 yards and with many other swimmers kicking up the water? I just might go insane. So I dusted off the ear plugs that I purchased a few years back and decided to try them out.
My ear plugs look like this. I found it hard to get them in at first, but once in, they felt great. As I swam, the flow of water in and out of my ears was gone. And the pool noise was more subtle, which helped me concentrate on what I was doing (counting to two). When I was done, they hurt a little as they popped out, but I guess that's what you get when you have a water-tight seal.
I'm now an advocate for ear plugs when swimming. I might even use them every time I'm in the pool. Maybe.
One Month Done
6 years ago