Swimming as a workout? Laps (defined by S as down AND back, or one lap = every time you drink some Gatorade) without music? Water in my ears and getting my hair wet, blech.
|With spiffy new goggles and Gatorade!|
I'm not good about trying new things by myself, with strangers, in swimsuits. Hence, the challenge was much needed. Luckily, this time, I had adult supervision (S even bought me goggles, Speedos from Fred Meyer, that work great).
|Goggles that actually work.|
What do I take into the pool area? Your goggles, towel and Gatorade. Wear your flip flops and leave them at the side of the pool with your towel.
What if we have to share a lane? You take one side and I take the other, duh.
(Gasp) What if there are three people in our lane? There won't be. The pool is dead at this time of day. Fine...we would swim in circles. No big deal. You make eye contact with other swimmers and you work it out.
S was right. The pool was dead. We each had a lane to ourselves. Come to find out, he does his repeats (?) in 250 yard increments. Five laps (ten lengths, or half laps, or what I thought were laps) in our 25 yard pool. Then, he takes a short break, a drink of Gatorade, a word of encouragement to his wife...and swims off to do another 250 yards.
My repeats ended up being half laps. That's right, every time I touched a wall, I got a little break. Lots of incentive on the far side, to get back to the Gatorade on the near side, though. Swimming makes me thirsty, who knew? I drank a bit of Gatorade after every 50 yards. Michael Phelps would be so proud.
Keeping track of my distance was a challenge. I finished with 600 yards in 25 minutes. S did almost twice that much.
More importantly, I LIKED it.
No pressure for time or distance.
No pain in my ankle or calf.
Cute guy swimming in the lane next to me.
When we finished, S mentioned I took 21 strokes per length. Which, I guess, is not terrible. He encouraged me just enough, that we went back yesterday. I'm not ready for a triathlon, or any other high pressure swimming. But, for weekly cross training, I am a huge fan.
Why didn't I try swimming sooner? Why did you guys keep this a secret from me?
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