As the weather cools down, for most of us anyway, our swim sessions move indoors. Are there advantages or disadvantages to your swimming environment, and if so, how does that impact your training and performance? Let's take a look at a few key differences between training indoors vs. training outdoors.
One of the advantages of training indoors is that you have a controlled temperature, both of the water and the pool area. This is helpful because you can have a more consistent training atmosphere. On the other hand, training outdoors exposes you to different elements - literally. You may be swimming with the sun in your eyes, or during the rain, depending on the season. While this may seem like a disadvantage of swimming outdoors, you might be better prepared to handle any swimming environment when it comes time for an out of town meet or competition.
Vitamin D Exposure
An advantage of training outdoors is that you are more likely to get exposure to that critical mineral, Vitamin D. Beyond just being important for bone health, this vitamin is especially important for swimmers because it increases your VO2 max. H