Pool Time

Once again, it’s a rest day (from running) for me. So I started my day with some lengths in the pool, 30 to be precise, followed by a short soak in the whirlpool.

I really like my pool times. How much is still a bit of a surprise, as I only learned to swim seven years ago. Before that, all I could was a very basic dog paddle. I was a little embarrassed about that, and also realized that swimming was something I’d be able to do well into my old age. So I signed up for lessons at a local community center pool. Classes happened once a week for six weeks, and I also went to the pool every day or so in between to practice what I’d learned. In a surprisingly short time, I’d gone from being able only to swim half the width of the pool to doing multiple lengths.

Now, 30 lengths is my regular swim workout. I’ve been pushing that workout pretty hard lately. It’s the major part of my cardio cross-training, and it also allows me to work intensively on my upper body strength. Plus, it just feels good – swimming is one of the most sensuous activities I can think of. That 20 minutes in the whirlpool afterwards is simply icing on the cake.

Tonight, I’ll do some stretching, sit-ups, and push-ups. Then it’ll be back to running tomorrow.


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