Tips for Remembering Swim Workouts at the Pool

Memory is not my strong suit. My short term memory in particular is atrocious. Ask anyone who’s had to listen to me tell them the same story for the third time.

When it comes to remembering my swim workouts, some days are better than others. If it’s a simple pyramid workout, or a few sets of 200’s with a warm up and cool down, I can usually remember it after repeating it to myself four or five times. But once it breaks a pattern or has more than five lines, I’m in trouble. I have to write it down and take it with me to the pool.

Which is wet. And when I pick up the piece of paper I wrote my swim workout on, it gets wet. And soggy. And the ink runs. And then I can’t tell what I wrote.


There are several solutions to this problem. Pick your favorite so you don’t have to worry about melted paper erasing your plans.

Plastic ziploc baggie

Put your piece of paper in a ziploc baggie on the pool deck. Problem solved.

Post-it in a shoe


Works in a pinch. And my favorite method! You’ll need a flexible flipflop and a strong adhesive post-it. And if you can wedge it under a starting block, you’ve got a bonus stand!


Slightly more obvious and less totable, but you also really look like you know what you’re doing.


You can actually buy laminated swim workout cards. Which is kind of brilliant. I hope there’s no patent on that…
Have another way to keep your swim workout plan safe from pool melt? Share it below in the comments!


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